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English noun: initiate

1. initiate (person) someone new to a field or activity

Synonymsbeginner, novice, tiro, tyro

Broader (hypernym)unskilled person

Narrower (hyponym)abecedarian, apprentice, cub, entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, greenhorn, landlubber, landsman, learner, lubber, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, prentice, rookie, starter, tenderfoot, trainee

2. initiate (person) someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field

Synonymslearned person, pundit, savant

Broader (hypernym)bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student

Narrower (hyponym)polymath

3. initiate (group) people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity

SamplesIt is very familiar to the initiate.


Broader (hypernym)people


English verb: initiate

1. initiate (creation) bring into being

SamplesHe initiated a new program.
Start a foundation.

Synonymsoriginate, start

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)date back, date from, go back, initiate, lead up, set

2. initiate (creation) take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

SamplesThis South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make

Narrower (hyponym)activate, actuate, arrange, attempt, constitute, devise, establish, found, get up, innovate, institute, introduce, machinate, mount, organise, organize, plant, prepare, set about, set off, spark, spark off, stage, strike up, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip, undertake

3. initiate (social) accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite

SamplesAfrican men are initiated when they reach puberty.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)admit, include, let in

4. initiate (communication) bring up a topic for discussion


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)discuss, hash out, talk over

Narrower (hyponym)address, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat

5. initiate (change) set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for

SamplesHitler's attack on Poland led up to World War II.

Synonymslead up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)initiate, originate, start

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