initiate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “initiate” in the English Dictionary

"initiate" in British English

See all translations

initiateverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪˈnɪʃ.i.eɪt/
  • initiate verb [T] (START)

C2 formal to ​cause something to ​begin: Who initiated the ​violence?

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of initiate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“initiate” in British English

“initiate” in American English

Word of the Day

drum

a musical instrument, especially one made from a skin stretched over the end of a hollow tube or bowl, played by hitting with the hand or a stick

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More