Meaning of “initiation” in the English Dictionary

"initiation" in American English

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us /ɪˌnɪʃ·iˈeɪ·ʃən/

initiation noun (BEGINNING)

[ U ] the act of beginning something:

The initiation and carrying out of such a measure, he wrote, is absolutely necessary.

initiation noun (ACCEPTANCE IN GROUP)

[ C/U ] a special ceremony or responsibility that signals the acceptance of someone into a group:

[ C ] One fraternity’s initiation required new members to wear their coats inside out for a day.
[ U ] Sailors who charter a boat must pay a $495 initiation fee to join the club.

(Definition of “initiation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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