Definition of initiation in US English:

initiation

noun

  • 1The action of admitting someone into a secret or obscure society or group, typically with a ritual.

    ‘rituals of initiation’
    as modifier ‘an initiation ceremony’
    • ‘As a person passes through each initiation in the tradition, this knowledge deepens and their abilities and responsibilities grow accordingly.’
    • ‘So we seek a fuller understanding of Baptism as initiation into a community of faith.’
    • ‘Thus there could be no diminution of the Doctrine, nor of initiation, nor of priestly succession through reincarnation, nor of the practice of religion.’
    • ‘He said if the local chief, and not the health department, were allowed to allocate the initiation site, there would be fewer illegal surgeons and schools.’
    • ‘It was also the occasion for young men's initiation rites.’
    • ‘I entered into what I consider to be one of the most serious oaths in my life on the night of my first initiation.’
    • ‘Of the murders, she said, "I truthfully believe this was an initiation to be in this cult."’
    • ‘I stayed up for 24 hours after the initiations, which took all day, then crashed and slept till 7PM.’
    • ‘In the olden days when it was the time for initiation your father or brothers would prepare you mentally and otherwise.’
    • ‘Harry's first test is an initiation rite intended to reveal Harry's primary characteristics and place him with others of his ilk.’
    • ‘The Makonde are world-famous for their woodcarvings, of both human figures for family worship and masks for initiation ceremonies.’
    • ‘On display are two costumes for members of the Order of the Holy Spirit: one for the initiation ceremony, the other for the annual ceremonies.’
    • ‘He urged the society to enhance its initiation ceremonies.’
    • ‘If initiation practices do come to light, a school governing body has to take action to prevent this from happening again.’
    • ‘Those whom the Goddess rejected as unworthy died in the initiation, accursed and doomed.’
    • ‘Masks take on spiritual meaning after initiation, when children begin to learn the secret language associated with them.’
    • ‘Initiations were held during an annual Grand Medicine Dance in the spring or early fall and lasted from one to five days.’
    • ‘The actual initiation begins with the herbal bath.’
    • ‘Somehow it seems strangely appropriate that this essay is due at about the same time that I am receiving my initiation into the Coven that I work with.’
    • ‘Those of you who are in/have been in organized groups which practice initiation ceremonies - how was the experience?’
    beginning, starting, commencement
    induction, introduction, admission, admittance, installation, incorporation, ordination, investiture, investment, enlistment, enrolment, recruitment
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    1. 1.1 The introduction of someone to a particular activity or skill.
      ‘his initiation into the world of martial arts’
      • ‘Similar to the findings of Small and Luster, factors from each system emerged as significant predictors of age at sexual initiation.’
      • ‘In Peru, access to condoms is limited and sexual initiation begins early.’
      • ‘To illustrate, the heavy consumption of tobacco use in West Virginia, along with early initiation, clearly has an impact on the state's health care costs.’
      induction, introduction, admission, admittance, installation, incorporation, ordination, investiture, investment, enlistment, enrolment, recruitment
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  • 2The action of beginning something.

    ‘the initiation of criminal proceedings’
    • ‘Consequently the products of such genes can be considered as involved in the symbiosis initiation.’
    • ‘The tests should be performed before initiation of therapy, every 12 weeks for the first year and then every six months.’
    • ‘The most important of these would be the initiation of a survey to examine the deepening of the harbour channel to a depth five metres below low tide level.’
    • ‘The resource layer contains protocols that exploit communication and authentication protocols to enable the secure initiation, monitoring, and control of resource-sharing operations.’
    • ‘In such cases, the government is simply doing its entirely proper, strictly limited job of protecting individual rights from the initiation of physical force.’
    • ‘Least of all would it be permissible for this Court to intervene in respect of the initiation of proceedings by a House of Parliament against a federal judge.’
    • ‘Can we find ways of streamlining the initiation of trials without compromising patient safety?’
    • ‘With the substantial number of patients at risk for complications of sleep-disordered breathing increasing, access and "streamlining" initiation of treatment would clearly be advantageous.’
    • ‘The rosacea lesions had completely cleared within three weeks of abrupt withdrawal of the topical steroid and initiation of antibiotic therapy in 22 percent of the children.’
    • ‘There was advance intelligence that something big would happen the evening before the initiation of the Tet Offensive.’
    • ‘In a descriptive study, they examined the causes that patients and nurses gave for the initiation of restraint and seclusion.’
    • ‘The other two internalizing variables, somatic complaints and withdrawal, were not significantly associated with initiation of substance use.’
    • ‘In my judgment the phrase should be construed as extending to and embracing such a step, and not limited to the initiation of proceedings in an ordinary court of law.’
    • ‘The associations between birth weight, initiation of breast feeding, and paternal occupation were not confounded by each other.’
    • ‘Stimulation of any of these receptors results in the initiation of a nerve impulse that travels to the central nervous system.’
    • ‘The most recent development in academic programs has been the initiation of the PhD-granting program in Rehabilitation Sciences.’
    • ‘The initiation of a review is the responsibility of the administrator's supervisor, who shall tailor the review to the unique aspects of the position.’
    • ‘Each school principal attended a two-day symposium at the initiation of the project and continued to attend yearly follow up sessions.’
    • ‘Moreover, a law is to be enacted for the initiation of criminal procedures against governors and their removal from office.’
    • ‘On this view, the Commission represents the general interest and has the monopoly over legislative initiation.’
    introduce, admit, let, induct, install, instate, incorporate, ordain, invest, enlist, enrol, recruit, sign up, swear in
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Pronunciation

initiation

/iˌniSHēˈāSH(ə)n//ɪˌnɪʃiˈeɪʃ(ə)n/