Definition of INITIATE

to be responsible for the creation and early operation or use of <no one knows who initiated written language>
Antonyms close (down), phase out, shut (up)
to impart knowledge of a new thing or situation to <initiated the new recruits in the unspoken laws of military conduct>
to put into an office or welcome into an organization with special ceremonies <initiated her as Surgeon General before an army of reporters and photographers>
Related Words swear in; consecrate, enshrine; accept, admit, receive, take in; enlist, enroll (also enrol)

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