Meaning of “initiate” in the English Dictionary

"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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  • Hague initiated a series of reforms of the Conservative Party.
  • Some of the orders are initiated directly on the trading floor.
  • The council initiates its own studies and carries out research at the request of private organizations.
  • He is credited with initiating several new literary forms.
  • The Commission has power to initiate legislation.

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

(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 /ɪˈnɪʃieɪt/ us 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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