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- Hyphenation: ini‧ti‧ate
- (transitive) If you initiate something, you begin it, but other people join in or continue it.
- The U.S. military initiated a criminal investigation into the killings in March 2006.
- It is important for teachers to think about children's feelings before initiating classroom discussions of certain topics.
- In 1978, Deng Xiaoping initiated free-market reforms in China.
- Never give out personal information over the phone unless you initiated the contact.
- (transitive) If you initiate someone into something, you give them their first experience with it.
- Many of the teens had been initiated into using drugs through their friends.
- (transitive) If you initiate someone into a club or group, you bring them into the group, often with some ceremony.
- Last year, more than 150,000 adults were initiated into the Catholic Church in the United States.