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initiate (verb) Make something begin (especially an official process); introduce to special skills or knowledge of something; make someone a member of a club, group, etc.
When you initiate action, for example, of organizing a course in a subject, you begin it. You initiate legal proceedings against someone, if you start taking legal action against them. You initiate a campaign for eradication of poverty, if you begin it. A government initiates a program for total employment if it begins it. When you initiate someone into yoga, you explain to them the benefits of yoga, train them in it, and make them practice it. You initiate someone into a game if you explain the game to them and make them interested in playing it thereafter. When you make someone a member of a club, organization, etc., with ceremony, you initiate them into it.
- With a view to enabling its students to have a practical experience of the subjects they learn, the university has initiated a program by which students work in the industry for a part of the duration of the course. Begun last semester, it has found favor with the students as well as the faculty.
- Miriam has initiated her sister into the pleasures of night club life by taking her once to her favorite club and showing how one could enjoy oneself there.