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English definition of “initiate”

initiate

verb [T]     /ɪˈnɪʃieɪt/ formal
to begin something: The automaker initiated a programme to improve the recyclability of its automobiles at the end of their useful life.initiate proceedings/an action against sb/sth The bank initiated legal proceedings against a former employee for fraud.
(Definition of initiate verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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