V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to start something; 2. to teach something new to someone; 3. to accept someone into a group by a special ceremony
Synonyms: commence, introduce, begin, teach, inform, enlighten, admit, inaugurate, induct
Antonyms: finish, conclude, exclude, bar, dismiss
Tips: The related adjective initial means "first, beginning." To initiate something means to start it from the beginning. It also means "to introduce a person or group to something new." An initiation is the act of starting something new or a formal entry into something new.
On his trip to Japan, the President will initiate talks with the Japanese Prime Minister. (begin, commence)
When the trial period is finished, he will be initiated into the group. (admitted, inducted)
The initiation lasted about an hour, and at the end of the ceremony, I was finally declared an official member of the club. (inauguration, induction, admittance) noun
After her art teacher initiated her to oil painting, she gave up watercolors for good. (introduced, enlightened)
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