1. To set going by taking the first step.
2. To admit into membership, as with ceremonies or ritual.
3. To introduce into the knowledge of some art or subject.

The easiest way to learn ‘initiate’ is from the word ‘initial’. ‘Initial’ means the starting point of something and is a noun whereas initiate is a verb and means to begin or start.

1. Doctors have initiated a series of tests to determine the cause of the problem.
2. The company initiated judicial proceedings against them.
3. He was initiated into a secret society.

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