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"initiate" in British English

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initiateverb [T]

uk   /ɪˈnɪʃ.i.eɪt/  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 special ceremony: At the age of eleven, Harry was initiated into the art of golf by his father. Each culture had a special ritual to initiate boys into manhood.

initiatenoun [C]

uk   /ɪˈnɪʃ.i.ət/  us   /ɪˈnɪʃ.i.ət/ formal
a person who has recently joined a group and has been taught its secrets
(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 peace talks were initiated by a special envoy.
  • initiate verb [T] (ACCEPT IN GROUP)

to signal the acceptance of someone into a group by a special ceremony
(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 legal proceedings against a former employee for fraud.
(Definition of initiate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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