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Definition of Initiate


  1. To introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to set afoot; to originate; to commence; to begin or enter upon.
  2. To acquaint with the beginnings; to instruct in the rudiments or principles; to introduce.
  3. To introduce into a society or organization; to confer membership on; especially, to admit to a secret order with mysterious rites or ceremonies.
  4. To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative.
  5. Unpracticed; untried; new.
  6. Begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the rudiments; newly admitted.
  7. One who is, or is to be, initiated.

Initiate Quotations

Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.
William Pollard

Through mutual understanding, sincerity and goodwill, and with great wisdom and broad views, the leaders on both sides should jointly initiate new opportunities for peace, stability, cooperation and mutual benefit.
Chen Shui-bian

It is critical that parents and other trusted adults initiate conversations with kids about underage drinking well in advance of the first time they are faced with a decision regarding alcohol.
Xavier Becerra

When you become a sannyasin, I initiate you into freedom, and into nothing else... I am destroying your ideologies, creeds, cults, dogmas, and I am not replacing them with anything else.

I don't initiate violence, I retaliate.
Chuck Norris
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Initiate Translations

initiate in Dutch is de stoot geven tot
initiate in French is initiez, initions, initient
initiate in Hungarian is beavatott
initiate in Norwegian is inviet, innlede, innvie
initiate in Portuguese is novato
initiate in Spanish is iniciar
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