1. [ verb ] bring into being
Synonyms: start originate

"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
Synonyms: pioneer

"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
Synonyms: induct

"African men are initiated when they reach puberty"

Related terms: admit initiation
4. [ verb ] prepare the way for
Synonyms: lead_up

"Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War Two"

Related terms: originate trigger
5. [ verb ] bring up a topic for discussion
Synonyms: broach
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
Synonyms: initiated
Related terms: experienced
9. [ noun ] people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity
Synonyms: enlightened

"it is very familiar to the initiate"

Related terms: uninitiate people
Similar spelling:   initiated