|1.||[ verb ] bring into being|
"He initiated a new program" "Start a foundation"
|Related terms:||make go_back lead_up set originate_in beginning newcomer initiation trigger originator|
|2.||[ verb ] take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of|
"This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
|Related terms:||cause start establish undertake introduce organize stage trip mount strike_up pioneer|
|3.||[ verb ] accept young people into society, usually with some rite|
"African men are initiated when they reach puberty"
|Related terms:||admit initiation|
|4.||[ verb ] prepare the way for|
"Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War Two"
|Related terms:||originate trigger|
|5.||[ verb ] bring up a topic for discussion|
|Related terms:||discuss cover|
|6.||[ noun ] (education) someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field|
|Synonyms:||pundit savant learned_person|
|Related terms:||scholar polymath|
|7.||[ noun ] someone new to a field or activity|
|Synonyms:||beginner tiro tyro novice|
|Related terms:||unskilled_person apprentice cub newcomer trainee landlubber tenderfoot abecedarian|
|8.||[ adjective ] having been introduced to something new|
|9.||[ noun ] people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity|
"it is very familiar to the initiate"
|Related terms:||uninitiate people|