Origin: Late Latin initiatus, past participle of initiare, from Latin, “to induct,” from initium “beginning.” First known use, 1533.
transitive verb: in·i·ti·at·ed, in·i·ti·at·ing, in·i·ti·ates
- To set going by taking the first step; begin: initiated trade with developing nations.
- To introduce to a new field, interest, skill, or activity.
- To admit into membership, as with ceremonies or ritual.
- Initiated or admitted, as to membership or a position of authority.
- Instructed in esoteric knowledge.
- Introduced to something new.
- One who is being or has been initiated.
- One who has been introduced to or has attained knowledge in a particular field.
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