ini·​ti·​a·​tion i-ˌni-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce initiation (audio)
: the act or an instance of initiating
: the process of being initiated
: 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
: the condition of being initiated into some experience or sphere of activity : knowledgeableness

Examples of initiation in a Sentence

his initiation as a member of the club crimes committed as part of gang initiations the initiation of judicial proceedings
Recent Examples on the Web There is no enrollment or initiation fees, so clients — including some notable celebrities — are are paying for the private sessions, with the rate varying based on the length of commitment. Danielle Bacher, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 My initiation into geekdom came when my parents enrolled me in a Montessori school at the age of 3. Andrew McAfee, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2023 Until last month, nobody had been charged in the murder, despite multiple eyewitnesses—a generation’s initiation into the world of conspiracy theories. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 During President Obama’s tenure, a stride towards equal pay was made with the initiation of the EEO-1 Component 2 form. Katica Roy, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2023 Saturday's service at Beth Shalom includes a bar mitzvah, a young man's coming-of-age initiation. CBS News, 14 Oct. 2023 The agreement limits the club to 500 members — the initiation fee is $500,000 with annual dues of $20,000. Terry Spencer, Fortune, 9 Oct. 2023 Equinoxes happen twice a year, during the initiation of fall and spring. Lisa Stardust,, 18 Sep. 2023 The study found just 10.6 percent of facilities offered buprenorphine initiation and continued treatment while 25 percent of all facilities surveyed offered equine therapy, an approach not supported by evidence. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of initiation was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Initiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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ini·​ti·​a·​tion in-ˌish-ē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce initiation (audio)
: the act of initiating : the process of being initiated : introduction
: the ceremonies with which a person is made a member of a club or society

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