initiation

noun ini·ti·a·tion \ i-ˌni-shē-ˈā-shən \
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018
1 a : the act or an instance of initiating
b : the process of being initiated
c : the rites, ceremonies, ordeals, or instructions with which one is made a member of a sect or society or is invested with a particular function or status
2 : the condition of being initiated into some experience or sphere of activity : knowledgeableness

Examples of initiation in a Sentence

  1. his initiation as a member of the club

  2. crimes committed as part of gang initiations

  3. the initiation of judicial proceedings

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First Known Use of initiation

1583

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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INITIATION Defined for English Language Learners

initiation

  • : the process of being formally accepted as a member of a group or organization : the process of being initiated

  • : a ceremony or series of actions that makes a person a member of a group or organization

  • : the act of starting something : the beginning of something


INITIATION Defined for Kids

initiation

noun ini·ti·a·tion \ i-ˌni-shē-ˈā-shən \
1 : the act or an instance of initiating : the process of being initiated
  • the initiation of treatment
  • initiation into the club
2 : the ceremonies with which a person is admitted into a club


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