initiate

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin initiātus, perfect passive participle of initiō (begin, originate), from initium (a beginning), from ineō (go in, enter upon, begin), from in + (go).

PronunciationEdit

  • (verb) IPA(key): /ɪˈnɪʃ.ɪ.eɪt/
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  • (noun, adjective) IPA(key): /ɪˈnɪʃ.ɪ.ət/
  • Hyphenation: ini‧ti‧ate

NounEdit

initiate (plural initiates)

  1. A new member of an organization.
  2. One who has been through a ceremony of initiation.

TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

initiate (third-person singular simple present initiates, present participle initiating, simple past and past participle initiated)

  1. (transitive) To begin; to start.
    • 1859-1860, Isaac Taylor, Ultimate Civilisation
      How are changes of this sort to be initiated?
  2. To instruct in the rudiments or principles; to introduce.
  3. To confer membership on; especially, to admit to a secret order with mysterious rites or ceremonies.
  4. (intransitive) To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Alexander Pope to this entry?)

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AdjectiveEdit

initiate (comparative more initiate, superlative most initiate)

  1. (obsolete) Unpractised; untried; new.
  2. (obsolete) Begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the rudiments; newly admitted.

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LatinEdit

ParticipleEdit

initiāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of initiātus