(noun, adjective, verb)


1. (obsolete) Unpractised; untried; new.

2. (obsolete) Begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the rudiments; newly admitted.


1. someone new to a field or activity

Similar word(s): beginner, novice, tiro, tyro

Definition categories: person

2. someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field

Similar word(s): pundit, savant

Definition categories: person, bookman, scholar, student

3. people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity

- it is very familiar to the initiate

Similar word(s): enlightened

Definition categories: group, people


1. bring into being

- He initiated a new program

Similar word(s): originate, start

Definition categories: creation, create, make

2. take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

Similar word(s): pioneer

Definition categories: creation, cause, do, make

3. accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite

- African men are initiated when they reach puberty

Similar word(s): induct

Definition categories: social, admit, include

4. bring up a topic for discussion

Similar word(s): broach

Definition categories: communication, discuss

5. set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for

Definition categories: change, initiate, originate, start