Definition for IN-I'TIATE

IN-I'TIATE, v.t. [Low L. initio, to enter or begin, from initum, ineo, to enter; in and eo, to go.]

  1. To instruct in rudiments or principles; or to introduce into any society or sect by instructing the candidate in its principles or ceremonies; as, to initiate a person into the mysteries of Ceres.
  2. To introduce into a new state or society; as, to initiate one into a club. Addison.
  3. To instruct; to acquaint with; as, to initiate one in the higher branches of mathematics.
  4. To begin upon. Clarendon.

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