Dictionary Results for initiate


1. initiate - noun

· someone new to a field or activity

Synonym(s): novice, beginner, tyro, tiro

Hypernym(s): unskilled_person




2. initiate - noun

· someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field

Synonym(s): learned_person, pundit, savant

Hypernym(s): scholar, scholarly_person, bookman, student




3. initiate - noun

· people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity; "it is very familiar to the initiate"

Synonym(s): enlightened

Hypernym(s): people

Antonym(s): uninitiate




4. initiate - verb

· bring into being; "He initiated a new program"; "Start a foundation"

Synonym(s): originate, start

Hypernym(s): make, create




5. initiate - verb

· take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"

Synonym(s): pioneer

Hypernym(s): cause, do, make




6. initiate - verb

· accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite; "African men are initiated when they reach puberty"

Synonym(s): induct

Hypernym(s): admit, let_in, include




7. initiate - verb

· bring up a topic for discussion

Synonym(s): broach

Hypernym(s): hash_out, discuss, talk_over




8. initiate - verb

· set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for; "Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War II"

Synonym(s): lead_up

Hypernym(s): originate, initiate, start





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