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in·i·ti·ate

initiate

 
 
pronunciation:
ih nI shi eIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: initiates, initiating, initiated
definition 1: to cause to begin; start; originate.
The teacher initiated a new policy of giving no homework on weekends.
synonyms:
commence, found, institute, start
antonyms:
abolish, terminate
similar words:
conceive, create, establish, inaugurate, introduce, launch, open, originate, pioneer, trigger, usher in
definition 2: to welcome as a member of a club or society by holding a formal ceremony or ritual.
At the ceremony to initiate the new members, each new person had to say the club pledge.
similar words:
admit, install, receive
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