"initiate" in the noun sense
1. novice, beginner, tyro, tiro, initiate
someone new to a field or activity
2. initiate, learned person, pundit, savant
someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
3. initiate, enlightened
people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity
"it is very familiar to the initiate"
"initiate" in the verb sense
1. originate, initiate, start
bring into being
"He initiated a new program"
"Start a foundation"
2. initiate, pioneer
take the lead or initiative in participate in the development of
"This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
3. initiate, induct
accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite
"African men are initiated when they reach puberty"
4. broach, initiate
bring up a topic for discussion
5. lead up, initiate
set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for
"Hitler's attack on Poland led up to World War II"
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