[verb ih-nish-ee-eyt; adjective, noun ih-nish-ee-it, -eyt] /verb ɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; adjective, noun ɪˈnɪʃ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), initiated, initiating.
to begin, set going, or originate:
to initiate major social reforms.
to introduce into the knowledge of some art or subject.
to admit or accept with formal rites into an organization or group, secret knowledge, adult society, etc.
to propose (a measure) by procedure:
to initiate a constitutional amendment.
admitted into an organizaton or group, secret knowledge, etc.
introduced to the knowledge of a subject.
a person who has been initiated.
verb (transitive) (ɪˈnɪʃɪˌeɪt)
to begin or originate
to accept (new members) into an organization such as a club, through often secret ceremonies
to teach fundamentals to: she initiated him into the ballet
adjective (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
noun (ɪˈnɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
a person who has been initiated, esp recently
a beginner; novice
“one who has been initiated,” 1811, from past participle adjective initiate (c.1600); see initiate (v.).
c.1600, “introduce to some practice or system,” also “begin, set going,” from Latin initiatus, past participle of initiare “to begin, originate,” from initium “beginning” (see initial). In some senses a back-formation from initiation. Related: Initiated; initiates; initiating; initiator.
- In name only
Also, only in name. Nominally, not actually. For example, He’s the chief executive in name only; his vice-president makes all the decisions, or Theirs was a marriage only in name; they lived on different continents. [ Late 1300s ]
[in-erdz] /ˈɪn ərdz/ noun, (used with a plural verb) 1. the internal parts of the body; entrails or viscera. 2. the internal mechanism, parts, structure, etc., of something; the interior of something: an engine’s innards. /ˈɪnədz/ plural noun (informal) 1. the internal organs of the body, esp the viscera 2. the interior parts or components […]
[ih-neyt, in-eyt] /ɪˈneɪt, ˈɪn eɪt/ adjective 1. existing in one from birth; inborn; native: innate musical talent. 2. inherent in the essential character of something: an innate defect in the hypothesis. 3. originating in or arising from the intellect or the constitution of the mind, rather than learned through experience: an innate knowledge of good […]
- Innate immunity
innate immunity n. Immunity that occurs naturally as a result of a person’s genetic constitution or physiology and does not arise from a previous infection or vaccination. Also called genetic immunity, inherent immunity, native immunity, natural immunity, nonspecific immunity.