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initiate

  
  ( initiates    3rd person present)   ( initiating    present participle)   ( initiated    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you initiate something, you start it or cause it to happen.  
They wanted to initiate a discussion on economics...      V n  
2       verb   If you initiate someone into something, you introduce them to a particular skill or type of knowledge and teach them about it.  
He initiated her into the study of other cultures.      V n into n, Also V n  
3       verb   If someone is initiatedinto something such as a religion, secret society, or social group, they become a member of it by taking part in ceremonies at which they learn its special knowledge or customs.  
In many societies, young people are formally initiated into their adult roles.      be V-ed into n  
...the ceremony that initiated members into the Order.      V n into n, Also V n  
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initiate

  

      vb  
1    begin, break the ice, commence, get under way, inaugurate, institute, kick off     (informal)   kick-start, launch, lay the foundations of, open, originate, pioneer, set going, set in motion, set the ball rolling, start  
2    acquaint with, coach, familiarize with, indoctrinate, induct, instate, instruct, introduce, invest, teach, train  
      n  
3    beginner, convert, entrant, learner, member, novice, probationer, proselyte, tyro  

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