Part of speech: verb

To begin.

Part of speech: verb

To instruct in rudiments; introduce, as into a society.

Part of speech: adjective

Newly admitted.

Part of speech: noun

One who has been initiated.

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Usage examples "initiate":

  1. On one occasion Psamtik met him thus with his master, and asked the latter what could have induced him to initiate a Persian in the Egyptian mysteries. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  2. Therein are recorded things unknown to science; discoveries never divulged, secrets more deep than the Elusinian, passed on from initiate to initiate for countless generations. - "Confessions of Boyhood", John Albee.
  3. The heads of all executive departments and agencies have been instructed to initiate at once effective programs of security with respect to their personnel. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.