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Overview of noun initiate

The noun initiate has 3 senses? (no senses from tagged texts)
1. novice, beginner, tyro, tiro, initiate

(someone new to a field or activity)

2. initiate, learned person, pundit, savant

(someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field)

3. initiate, enlightened

(people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; "it is very familiar to the initiate")


Overview of verb initiate

The verb initiate has 5 senses? (first 3 from tagged texts)
1. (9) originate, initiate, start

(bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation")

2. (3) initiate, pioneer

(take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants")

3. (2) initiate, induct

(accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite; "African men are initiated when they reach puberty")

4. broach, initiate

(bring up a topic for discussion)

5. lead up, initiate

(set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for; "Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War II")

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