initiate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"initiate" in British English

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initiateverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪˈnɪʃ.i.eɪt/

initiate verb [T] (START)

C2 formal to ​cause something to ​begin: Who initiated the ​violence?
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initiate verb [T] (TEACH)

to ​teach someone about an ​area of ​knowledge, or to ​allow someone into a ​group by a ​specialceremony: At the ​age of eleven, Harry was initiated into the ​art of ​golf by his ​father. Each ​culture had a ​specialritual to initiate ​boys intomanhood.

initiatenoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪˈnɪʃ.i.ət/ formal
a ​person who has ​recentlyjoined a ​group and has been ​taughtitssecrets
(Definition of initiate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"initiate" in American English

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initiateverb [T]

 us   /ɪˈnɪʃ·iˌeɪt/

initiate verb [T] (BEGIN)

to ​cause something to ​begin: The ​peacetalks were initiated by a ​specialenvoy.

initiate verb [T] (ACCEPT IN GROUP)

to ​signal the ​acceptance of someone into a ​group by a ​specialceremony
(Definition of initiate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"initiate" in Business English

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initiateverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​legalproceedings against a ​formeremployee for ​fraud.
(Definition of initiate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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