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Definition 1: people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity - [noun denoting group]

Samples where initiate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it is very familiar to the initiate

Synonyms for initiate in the sense of this definition

(initiate is a kind of ...) (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

"old people" "there were at least 200 people in the audience"

Definition 2: someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for initiate in the sense of this definition

(initiate is a kind of ...) a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines

(... is a kind of initiate ) a person of great and varied learning

Definition 3: someone new to a field or activity - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for initiate in the sense of this definition

(initiate is a kind of ...) a person who lacks technical training

(... is a kind of initiate ) a novice learning the rudiments of some subject

(... is a kind of initiate ) works for an expert to learn a trade

(... is a kind of initiate ) an awkward and inexperienced youth

(... is a kind of initiate ) an inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage

(... is a kind of initiate ) any new participant in some activity

(... is a kind of initiate ) an inexperienced person (especially someone inexperienced in outdoor living)

(... is a kind of initiate ) someone who is being trained

Definition 4: set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for - [verb of change]

Samples where initiate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War II

Synonyms for initiate in the sense of this definition

(initiate is a kind of ...) bring into being

"He initiated a new program" "Start a foundation"

Definition 5: bring up a topic for discussion - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for initiate in the sense of this definition

(initiate is a kind of ...) speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

"We discussed our household budget"

(... is a kind of initiate ) act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

"This book deals with incest" "The course covered all of Western Civilization" "The new book treats the history of China"

Definition 6: take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of - [verb of creation]

Samples where initiate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants

Synonyms for initiate in the sense of this definition

(initiate is a kind of ...) give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

"cause a commotion" "make a stir" "cause an accident"

(... is a kind of initiate ) begin

"strike up a conversation" "strike up a friendship"

(... is a kind of initiate ) bring something new to an environment

"A new word processor was introduced"

(... is a kind of initiate ) put in motion or move to act

"trigger a reaction" "actuate the circuits"

(... is a kind of initiate ) set up or lay the groundwork for

"establish a new department"

(... is a kind of initiate ) plan, organize, and carry out (an event)

"the neighboring tribe staged an invasion"

(... is a kind of initiate ) put up or launch

"mount a campaign against pornography"

(... is a kind of initiate ) enter upon an activity or enterprise

(... is a kind of initiate ) arrange by systematic planning and united effort

"machinate a plot" "organize a strike" "devise a plan to take over the director's office"

Definition 7: bring into being - [verb of creation]

Samples where initiate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He initiated a new program
  • Start a foundation

Synonyms for initiate in the sense of this definition

(initiate is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(... is a kind of initiate ) set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for

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

(... is a kind of initiate ) apply or start

"set fire to a building"

(... is a kind of initiate ) belong to an earlier time

"This story dates back 200 years"

Samples where initiate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • African men are initiated when they reach puberty

Synonyms for initiate in the sense of this definition

(initiate is a kind of ...) allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of

"admit someone to the profession" "She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar"

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