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 for initiate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Initiate \In*i"ti*ate\, n.
     One who is, or is to be, initiated.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Initiate \In*i"ti*ate\, v. i.
     To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the
     initiative. [R.] --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Initiate \In*i"ti*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Initiated; p. pr.
     & vb. n. Initiating.] [L. initiatus, p. p. of initiare to
     begin, fr. initium beginning. See Initial.]
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     1. To introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to
        set afoot; to originate; to commence; to begin or enter
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              How are changes of this sort to be initiated? --I.
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     2. To acquaint with the beginnings; to instruct in the
        rudiments or principles; to introduce.
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              Providence would only initiate mankind into the
              useful knowledge of her treasures, leaving the rest
              to employ our industry.               --Dr. H. More.
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              To initiate his pupil into any part of learning, an
              ordinary skill in the governor is enough. --Locke.
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     3. To introduce into a society or organization; to confer
        membership on; especially, to admit to a secret order with
        mysterious rites or ceremonies.
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              The Athenians believed that he who was initiated and
              instructed in the mysteries would obtain celestial
              honor after death.                    --Bp.
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              He was initiated into half a dozen clubs before he
              was one and twenty.                   --Spectator.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Initiate \In*i"ti*ate\, a. [L. initiatus, p. p.]
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     1. Unpracticed; untried; new. [Obs.] "The initiate fear that
        wants hard use." --Shak.
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     2. Begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the
        rudiments; newly admitted.
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              To rise in science as in bliss,
              Initiate in the secrets of the skies. --Young.
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     Initiate tenant by courtesy (Law), said of a husband who
        becomes such in his wife's estate of inheritance by the
        birth of a child, but whose estate is not consummated till
        the death of the wife. --Mozley & W.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  150 Moby Thesaurus words for "initiate":
     Greek, abecedarian, accept, accomplished, activate, actuate, admit,
     affiliate, alphabetarian, apprentice, articled clerk, associate,
     at concert pitch, begin, beginner, belonger, boot, break ground,
     break the ice, bring up, broach, brother, card-carrier,
     card-carrying member, cardholder, career, catechumen,
     charter member, christen, clubber, clubman, clubwoman, coach,
     coached, commence, committeeman, comrade, conventioneer,
     conventioner, conventionist, conversant, create, debutant, drill,
     dues-paying member, enlist, enlistee, enroll, enrollee, enter,
     enter on, enter upon, entrant, establish, fellow, finished,
     fledgling, float, found, fraternity man, freshman, get going,
     get off, get under way, give rise to, greenhorn, guildsman, head,
     head up, honorary member, ignoramus, inaugurate, induct, inductee,
     initiated, insider, install, instate, instigate, institute,
     instruct, introduce, invent, invest, joiner, kick off, launch,
     lead, lead off, lead the way, life member, lift up, member,
     neophyte, new boy, newcomer, novice, novitiate, one of us, open,
     ordain, originate, pioneer, pledge, postulant, practiced,
     pre-educate, precede, prepared, primed, probationer, probationist,
     professional, raise, raw recruit, recruit, ring in, rookie,
     set agoing, set going, set in motion, set off, set on foot, set up,
     sign on, sign up, sister, skilled, socius, sorority girl,
     sorority woman, stand first, start, start going, start up, take in,
     take the initiative, take the lead, take the plunge, take up,
     teach, technical, tenderfoot, train, trained, trigger, turn on,
     tutor, tyro, usher in

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INITIATE. A right which is incomplete. By the birth of a child, the husband 
  becomes tenant by the curtesy initiate, but his estate is not consummate 
  until the death of the wife. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1725. 

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