initiation

noun
ini·​ti·​a·​tion | \ i-ˌni-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce initiation (audio) \

Definition of initiation

1a : 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

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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
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Relying upon existing data from a long-term government survey, the analysis examined only heterosexual initiation and cisgender females. BostonGlobe.com, "For many young women, their first sexual encounter is rape - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 Affordable and trendy fashion pieces have been the reputation Target has managed to maintain, with new initiations to bring in more black designers this year. Nandi Howard, Essence, "ESSENCE Fashion House: Anthony Hamilton and Caroline Wagna Talk Target Revolutionizing Accessible Design," 6 Sep. 2019 For Lennar purchasers, Blackstone has memberships on its 7,313-yard course available for a $2,000 initiation and monthlies starting from just $244. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "Is it metro Denver’s best ranch value? Lennar has a walk-out ranch at Blackstone Country Club, mountain view, at $625,000," 5 Sep. 2019 These protections cover initiation and cessation of life support, organ transplant, sterilization, and termination of pregnancy. Washington Post, "US agency: Hospital forced nurse to participate in abortion," 30 Aug. 2019 Set in the world of richies and rituals, this slick slasher flick hinges on a marital game night, a midnight initiation every wannabe Le Domas has to endure. Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Ready or Not’ sacrifices horror for irony and laughs to skewer the 1 percent," 22 Aug. 2019 Set in the world of richies and rituals, this slick slasher flick hinges around a marital game night, a midnight initiation every wannabe-Le Domas has to endure. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "1-percenter slasher flick ‘Ready or Not’ too sardonic to be taken seriously as satire," 20 Aug. 2019 Set in the world of richies and rituals, this slick slasher flick hinges on a marital game night, a midnight initiation every wannabe Le Domas has to endure. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Ready or Not’ sacrifices horror for irony and laughs to skewer the 1 percent," 19 Aug. 2019 Eyes kept watch for police raids at initiations and other gatherings. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of initiation

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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initiation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of 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

noun
ini·​ti·​a·​tion | \ i-ˌni-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce initiation (audio) \

Kids Definition of initiation

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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