initiate  

  • Pronunciation of initiate: IH0 N IH1 SH IY0 EY0 T (ɪn'ɪshi,eɪt)

  • Number of syllables of initiate: 4

  • Pronunciation Video of initiate

  • Definition of initiate

    • (n): people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; "it is very familiar to the initiate"  
    • (n): someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field  
    • (n): someone new to a field or activity  
    • (v): prepare the way for; "Hitler''s attack on Poland led up to World War Two"  
    • (v): bring up a topic for discussion  
    • (v): bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"  
    • (v): take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"  
    • (v): accept young people into society, usually with some rite; "African men are initiated when they reach puberty"  
  • Examples of initiate

    • Females crouch to initiate mating.  
    • The cricket did not actually initiate contact with the tarantula.  
    • Hence I hereby initiate the discussion on the matter.  
    • Please initiate a civilised discussion.  
    • Calcium chloride is added to the combination to initiate the clotting process.  
    • The President has the right to initiate the legislative process.  
    • In the First Week, the initiate is on probation.  
    • They help, polymerase initiate transcription.  
    • Hence, I hereby initiate the discussion on the matter.  
    • Greene County has begun work to initiate foreclosure proceedings on two developments.  

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