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initiate

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1 to be responsible for the creation and early operation or use of

  • no one knows who initiated written language
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2 to impart knowledge of a new thing or situation to

  • initiated the new recruits in the unspoken laws of military conduct
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3 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
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begin, commence, start, initiate, inaugurate, usher in mean to take the first step in a course, process, or operation. begin, start, and commence are often interchangeable. begin, opposed to end, is the most general.
    • begin a trip
    • began dancing
start, opposed to stop, applies especially to first actions, steps, or stages.
    • the work started slowly
commence can be more formal or bookish than begin or start.
    • commence firing
    • commenced a conversation
initiate implies taking a first step in a process or series that is to continue.
    • initiated diplomatic contacts
inaugurate suggests a beginning of some formality or notion of significance.
    • the discovery of penicillin inaugurated a new era in medicine
usher in is somewhat less weighty than inaugurate.
    • ushered in a period of economic decline


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