Synonyms of initiate


1. novice, beginner, tyro, tiro, initiate, unskilled person

usage: someone new to a field or activity

2. initiate, learned person, pundit, savant, scholar, scholarly person, bookman, student

usage: someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field

3. initiate, enlightened, people

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


1. originate, initiate, start, make, create

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

2. initiate, pioneer, cause, do, make

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

3. initiate, induct, admit, let in, include

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

4. broach, initiate, hash out, discuss, talk over

usage: bring up a topic for discussion

5. lead up, initiate, originate, initiate, start

usage: 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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Definition and meaning of initiate (Dictionary)