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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A relator owes no duty to the public to initiate any law enforcement action.
▪ Review the effectiveness of the nursing care provided and where appropriate, initiate any action which may be required.
▪ But at the same time, the self was complex enough to initiate actions and innovate new ideas.
▪ By suggesting or initiating such activities, the teacher legitimates collaboration in the children's eyes.
▪ The children in the following example were using a collection of beads, and their teacher decided to initiate an activity.
▪ In this first example we see how a teacher is able to initiate a sorting activity following a child's chance remark.
▪ When he initiates a new advertising campaign he takes a risk.
▪ Yet another child initiated a campaign to save a giant tree from being cut down.
▪ The societies would need to initiate recruiting campaigns, and trade union skills and organization would be crucial to their success.
▪ The Star had initiated a campaign against the rules and regulations in 1932, but the effort was short-lived.
▪ He also initiated a staunch campaign urging retractions.
▪ Students spend two days a week in their own schools initiating and implementing change.
▪ Initiating progress Adjusting to given changes is one thing; initiating changes, particularly desirable changes, is something else again.
▪ The individual who initiates and manages change.
▪ If he could get a job, it might be easier to initiate some change.
▪ Do they initiate change and if so, what kind of change?
▪ It underlies and initiates the changes seen in development.
▪ His theory is therefore more able to explain change, and even to initiate change through the understanding which it gives.
▪ Pilkingtons have initiated a long-term change in strategic direction towards higher value-added products.
▪ We must marshal our resources to initiate a debate.
▪ The Government's response has been inadequate and that is why I initiated the debate.
▪ The Duke has initiated an important debate, but it is not yet concluded.
▪ Current formulations place great emphasis on the role of maturation and psychological vulnerability in initiating the development of symptoms.
▪ He initiated the development of space-based photographic surveillance satellites and the Agena rocket stage to insert them into orbit.
▪ There is however, no justification in making their establishment an essential pre-condition for initiating rural development programmes.
▪ He also proposes to initiate discussions on planning procedures, within the context of the new statutory planning and local government systems.
▪ And at least he could rely on Freeborn to answer it without initiating a philosophical discussion about the basis of the self.
▪ We have initiated an inquiry into the allegations reported to be in a forthcoming book by Patrick Tierney.
▪ But if you'd also been able to identify me then they would certainly have initiated an investigation.
▪ It is up to law enforcement to initiate a separate criminal investigation.
▪ The Profitboss initiates policies and practices that ensure all employees are consistently treated.
▪ The Act allows, for the first time, children to initiate proceedings and instruct a solicitor to make court applications independently.
▪ C., known as Fannie Mae, lenders have to initiate foreclosure proceedings 3 months after the first missed payment.
▪ The courts construed this broadly to include the documents which initiated the proceedings, the pleadings and the adjudication.
▪ No one in the House has initiated formal impeachment proceedings against Mr Rubin.
▪ It initiated liquidation proceedings after the sum it was owed for components it had supplied reached £2.1 million.
▪ Only the three senior judges could initiate impeachment proceedings against the president.
▪ The Act allows children, for the first time, to initiate proceedings and instruct a solicitor to make applications to court.
▪ After all, it is much easier to initiate a peace process than to complete one.
▪ In 1911 he was initiated into the schooling process at the Ecole Primaire in Tours.
▪ But it is rare to initiate the formal process.
▪ It is up to citizens working together to initiate a long term process of communication, mutual support and joint action.
▪ Such agents could initiate an immunological process that becomes self perpetuating long after living organisms have disappeared.
▪ It could only have been relatively cool gases that could initiate accretion processes.
▪ Finally, after deliberation, it was decided to initiate the Peace Corps program despite misgivings about working under a military regime.
▪ In the years since Oakland initiated it, the program hardly received any local, much less national, notice.
▪ As well as searching for arbitrage opportunities, computers can also be used to initiate programme trades.
▪ At the other, the researchers initiated an intervention programme.
▪ The Social Science Research Council initiated a research programme.
▪ Using these films as the main teaching aid, the company initiated a programme of management training for small shopkeepers.
▪ In order to attract new investment, the government has initiated a programme to update and extend its treaty network.
▪ Mud was not a sound reason to initiate the attic project.
▪ Resident at Balbirnie House from day one has been managing director Eric Brown, who initiated the project.
▪ This led several members of the Congress to question the Assembly's moral right to initiate political reforms.
▪ Clinton, who initiated welfare reform, is now portrayed as blocking it.
▪ Therefore it is in women teachers' own interests, as well as those of their female pupils to initiate or support anti-sexist reforms.
▪ Some organized petitions which urged parliament to initiate reform, while most employed their money and influence to promote godliness.
▪ Another task is to initiate research of particular relevance to policy issues and to examine existing and proposal policy initiatives on employment.
▪ The Social Science Research Council initiated a research programme.
▪ Usually it is the landlord who initiates the review and the tenant who is obliged to serve the counternotice.
▪ A Labour government would immediately initiate the widest possible review defence commitments world-wide and set up an arms conversion agency.
▪ I interviewed the deputy head who had been instrumental in initiating the scheme and gained the school's consent for the study.
▪ The council initiating the scheme says it's important for residents to have some one who isn't official to talk to.
▪ However, old people who need help do not initiate such schemes.
▪ These organizations were to initiate a renewal scheme for one of the most deprived areas in Britain.
▪ Preliminary action was initiated in conjunction with the Strategic Study to discover more about the changing perceptions and requirements of clients.
▪ This occurred because we overestimated the effectiveness of disulfiram when we calculated the sample size prior to initiating the study.
▪ He initiated far-reaching studies of the clustering of galaxies.
▪ The researchers hope that their results will allow them to initiate studies in humans with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy.
▪ A large number of companies have initiated recycling programs.
▪ Peace talks have been initiated in an attempt to avert full scale war.
▪ The couple plan to initiate legal proceedings against the police.
▪ But if you'd also been able to identify me then they would certainly have initiated an investigation.
▪ Finally, after deliberation, it was decided to initiate the Peace Corps program despite misgivings about working under a military regime.
▪ Goldstein fully expects an Architecture-Neutral Distribution Format product programme to be initiated during 1994.
▪ It is not clear what initiates HAPCs.
▪ The Profitboss initiates policies and practices that ensure all employees are consistently treated.
▪ The rebels appear to have initiated a new stage in the war when they crossed the border into Dagestan yesterday morning.
▪ They are the verbs which should initiate the style of movement needed to sustain a ballet.
▪ You may be initiating the correspondence.
▪ He's one of the initiates, and in my opinion that counts for, and perhaps even excuses, a lot.
▪ Its esoteric meaning is of the domain of the scholar rather than the layman - of the initiate rather than the priest.
▪ Nothing can prepare the initiate for this first breathtaking vision of the planet for which he has been designated steward.
▪ Rising, he turned to the initiates and raised that cup, now glowing.
▪ The Lesser Mysteries, celebrated in winter, prepared the initiate for taking part in the Greater Mysteries the following autumn.
▪ The Nagas should be regarded as the initiates and the guardians of the ancient esoteric knowledge.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Initiate \In*i"ti*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Initiated; p. pr. & vb. n. Initiating.] [L. initiatus, p. p. of initiare to begin, fr. initium beginning. See Initial.]

  1. To introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to set afoot; to originate; to commence; to begin or enter upon.

    How are changes of this sort to be initiated?
    --I. Taylor.

  2. To acquaint with the beginnings; to instruct in the rudiments or principles; to introduce.

    Providence would only initiate mankind into the useful knowledge of her treasures, leaving the rest to employ our industry.
    --Dr. H. More.

    To initiate his pupil into any part of learning, an ordinary skill in the governor is enough.

  3. To introduce into a society or organization; to confer membership on; especially, to admit to a secret order with mysterious rites or ceremonies.

    The Athenians believed that he who was initiated and instructed in the mysteries would obtain celestial honor after death.
    --Bp. Warburton.

    He was initiated into half a dozen clubs before he was one and twenty.


Initiate \In*i"ti*ate\, v. i. To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative. [R.]


Initiate \In*i"ti*ate\, a. [L. initiatus, p. p.]

  1. Unpracticed; untried; new. [Obs.] ``The initiate fear that wants hard use.''

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

    To rise in science as in bliss, Initiate in the secrets of the skies.

    Initiate tenant by courtesy (Law), said of a husband who becomes such in his wife's estate of inheritance by the birth of a child, but whose estate is not consummated till the death of the wife.
    --Mozley & W.


Initiate \In*i"ti*ate\, n. One who is, or is to be, initiated.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"one who has been initiated," 1811, from past participle adjective initiate (c.1600); see initiate (v.).


c.1600, "introduce to some practice or system," also "begin, set going," from Latin initiatus, past participle of initiare "to begin, originate," from initium "beginning" (see initial). In some senses a back-formation from initiation. Related: Initiated; initiates; initiating; initiator.

  1. 1 (context obsolete English) Unpractised; untried; new. 2 (context obsolete English) Begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the rudiments; newly admitted. n. 1 A new member of an organization. 2 One who has been through a ceremony of initiation. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To begin; to start. 2 To instruct in the rudiments or principles; to introduce. 3 To confer membership on; especially, to admit to a secret order with mysterious rites or ceremonies. 4 (context intransitive English) To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative.

  1. n. someone new to a field or activity [syn: novice, beginner, tyro, tiro]

  2. someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field [syn: learned person, pundit, savant]

  3. people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; "it is very familiar to the initiate" [syn: enlightened] [ant: uninitiate]

  4. v. bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation" [syn: originate, start]

  5. take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants" [syn: pioneer]

  6. accept young people into society, usually with some rite; "African men are initiated when they reach puberty" [syn: induct]

  7. bring up a topic for discussion [syn: broach]

  8. prepare the way for; "Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War Two" [syn: lead up]


Initiate is an English noun referring to a person who is being or has been initiated into an organization, tradition, or lore. It is not to be confused with the homonymic verb initiate, "to start." Initiate may refer to:

  • The Initiate, a series of three occult books by Cyril Scott
  • The Initiate, a short story set in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth collected in Four: A Divergent Collection
  • The Initiate, a novel in The Time Master Trilogy by Louise Cooper, 1985
  • The Initiate, a drama by Alexandra Wood, 2014
  • Initiate (Nels Cline Singers album), 2010
Initiate (Nels Cline Singers album)

Initiate is the fourth album by The Nels Cline Singers led by American guitarist Nels Cline which was released in April 2010 on the Cryptogramophone label.

Initiate (album)

Initiate is the second solo album by the Northern Irish singer Mervyn Spence, once again released under the pseudonum "O'Ryan", in 1995.

Initiate contains no original material, instead solely consisting of ten covers of various tracks from Tom Galley's Phenomena project (which Spence was involved with during its initial stages, and presently holds the rights to), and three re-recorded songs from Spence's debut album, Something Strong.

The recordings of "Still the Night", "Did It All for Love" and "No Retreat - No Surrender" found on Initiate would later be included on the Phenomena compilation boxset released in 2006, The Complete Works, though they are wrongly listed as new recordings.

Usage examples of "initiate".

She could be sure that Sister Erminet would report every detail of her encounter with the High Initiate back to Kael Amion, enriching the mixture with her own acerbic observations.

You must approach this in the same way you would initiate the development of a brochure, a catalog, an advertisement or direct mail solicitation.

Later arrivals could not have initiated any major changes in the language or culture, although they may have introduced one or more useful plants and an adze or two of exotic type.

Twain brought a dental unit with her and, in an astoundingly short time, initiated the growth of teeth to replace the ones Alacrity had knuckled loose.

Much of this is widely known today, but what is not recognized beyond the groups of initiates themselves is that there is, surprisingly, an alchemical branch of both Tantra and Taoism.

This youth of the time of the Alcheringa had grown, during his travels, into a young man, and yet he had had no chance to be initiated into the secrets and mysteries of his station.

He went across to the Q-ship communicator one last time and initiated a Link sequence to Anabasis Headquarters on Ceres.

I will ignore the fact that the stethoscope really initiated auscultation as a useful examination procedure.

The acetylcholine liberated at the axon endings of one nerve will affect the dendrites, or even the cell body itself, across the synapse and initiate a new nerve impulse there.

The engine fire warning lit up and Batman hurriedly shut down the fuel flow to the port engine and initiated a shutdown.

The virus initiated the manufacture and release of a biogenic arnine natural to the brain, which in turn caused the manufacture and release of another, which affected multiple receptor sites and caused further electrochemical reactions .

It was not difficult for him to find this isle as it seemed that, being an initiate of Isis, once in bygone days he had visited it on the business of the goddess.

Osiris, Isis and Horus, Atys and Cybele, Adonis and Venus, the Cabiri, Dionusos, and many another representative of the active and passive Powers of Nature, taught the Initiates in the Mysteries that the rule of Evil and Darkness is but temporary, and that of Light and Good will be eternal.

How can legally elected consuls initiate a revolutionary measure like a general cancellation of debt?

In three days Cayle would be initiated into the sordid life of the houses of illusion.