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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun initiate:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb initiate:


The word initiate and its family (initiated, initiates, initiating, initiation, initiations, initiative, initiatives, initiator, initiators) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun initiate

What does initiate mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: initiates

  1. someone new to a field or activity
  2. someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
  3. people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity
    • example: it is very familiar to the initiate
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of initiate: enlightened
    • antonym of initiate: uninitiate
    • more generic word: people = any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

Alternative definition of the noun initiate


  1. A new member of an organization.
  2. One who has been through a ceremony of initiation.

Definition of the verb initiate

What does initiate mean as a doing word?

Initiate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: initiated | initiating | initiates

  1. bring into being
  2. take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
  3. accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite
    • example: African men are initiated when they reach puberty
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of initiate: induct
    • more generic terms: admit / include / let in = allow participation in or the right to be part of
  4. bring up a topic for discussion
  5. set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of initiate: lead up
    • more generic words: originate / start = bring into being

Alternative definition of the verb initiate


  1. To begin, to start, to introduce.


  1. "Initiate" is a musical album of The Nels Cline Singers.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  2. "Initiate" is the second solo album by the Northern Irish singer Mervyn Spence, once again released under the pseudonum "O'Ryan", in 1995.
  3. "Initiate" is a musical EP of Isolée.
    • released in (17 years ago)


initiate is a fictional job title.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Initiate

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Google previewThe Initiate 2 (2010)

Journal of Traditional Studies by David J. Wingfield

The Initiate is a journal which offers a forum to serious writing on traditionalism, spirituality and related topics, seeking to restore something of the lost wisdom of our ancestors to the modern world.

Google previewA Beginner's Guide to the Path of Ascension (1998)

by Joshua David Stone, Janna Shelley Parker

the initiate is a conscious ...

Google previewBlack Sun (2001)

Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

“Ourancient, White ancestors understood that to ensure our heritage and racial survival, expansion and advancement we must initiate means to galvanize our Folk Consciousness. Allegories and myths were developed along with a variety of ...

Google previewDarwin's Pharmacy (2011)

Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noosphere by Richard M. Doyle

sian initiate is a tuning of visual perception away from its ordinarily sharp distinctions between self and other, allowing for a blending of viewer and viewed. What is “softened” is precisely the borders between observer and observed, with pillars ...

Google previewThe History of the Kingdom of God, Part 2: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom (2013)

To initiate means to let someone share in a life, in this case, the life of the risen Christ. The risen life of Christ is a transformed and empowered life, since it is totally permeated with the Holy Spirit; it is the life of jesus glorified by the Father after ...

Google previewA Textbook of Manufacturing Technology (2007)

Manufacturing Processes by R. K. Rajput

To initiate means to determine variations during manufacture. 4. To provide means to discover inefficiency during manufacture. 24.1.3. Inspection Standards Inspection standards are ascertained by design department as per the requirement of ...

Google previewThe Little Giant Encyclopedia of Spells & Magic (1999)

by Jane Johnson, Diagram Group

The initiate may be naked (d) and tethered, but not blindfolded. • The ceremony may involve the transfer of a ring (e), worn on the third finger of the right hand, a personal gift from the initiator to initiate. This ring symbolizes the transference of ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (2015)

by Eric Orlin

The word initiate is a general term for someone who has gone through a rite of passage or initiation ritual, a process that...

Google previewThe Virginia and West Virginia Judicial Dictionary-digest (1922)

Words and Phrases. Being a Compilation of All Words, Phrases and Maxims which Have Been Defined, Construed, Interpreted Or Applied in Virginia and West Virginia Cases and in the Codes of Those States, Combined with a Digest of Virginia and West Virginia Cases and Principles of Law as Therein Applied by Fred P. Caldwell

Curtesy initiate. At common law the death of the wife was necessary to the estate by the curtesy. It is one of the four requisites. But upon the birth of a child, another anomalous estate was created, called tenancy by the curtesy initiate. It was the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition (2017)

by Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A., Mehdi

is responsible to self-initiate the business rule definition transaction (T01) and to initiate the business rule management transaction (T11). Similarly, the model manager (A02) is responsible to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Caves (2012)

by William B. White, David C. Culver

Initiate. Breakdown. Within the context of either the fixed-beam or Tharp model, any geologic process that lengthen the beams or convert fixed beams into cantilever beams can move the ceiling beds from stable to unstable configurations.

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Quotes about Initiate

Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not death. (Berenice Abbott)
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Scrabble value of I1N1I1T1I1A1T1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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