initiate /ɪˈnɪʃiˌeɪt/  verb

  • [+ object]

    1 formal : to cause the beginning of (something) : to start or begin (something)

    • initiate a new project
    • Doctors have initiated a series of tests to determine the cause of the problem.
    • The company initiated judicial proceedings against them.

    2  to formally accept (someone) as a member of a group or organization usually in a special ceremony

    • The new recruits will be initiated tomorrow night.
    • He was initiated into a secret society.

    to teach (someone) the basic facts or ideas about something — usually + into

    • They initiated her into the ways of the corporate world.

    — initiator /ɪˈnɪʃiˌeɪt̬ɚ/ noun

    • the initiator of the project