initiate

initiate
in the sense ‘to instruct (a person) in some piece of knowledge’, has the person as object and not the item of knowledge. You can initiate someone in or into something but you cannot initiate something in or into someone. The correct word for the second construction is instil. Examples of each:

• Parsons is so smitten with Hubbard that he almost immediately initiates him into the highest levels of his occult church and uses him as an assistant in various rituals —LA Weekly, AmE 2004

• While I have managed to instil these ideals into my kids, many of those they encounter in the streets or parks have not been taught one jot of respect for anyone —Liverpool Daily Post, 2007.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • initiate — vb 1 *begin, commence, start, inaugurate Analogous words: *found, establish, organize, institute Antonyms: consummate Contrasted words: effect, fulfill, execute, accomplish, achieve, *perform: *enforce, implement …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Initiate — In*i ti*ate, a. [L. initiatus, p. p.] [1913 Webster] 1. Unpracticed; untried; new. [Obs.] The initiate fear that wants hard use. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Begun; commenced; introduced to, or instructed in, the rudiments; newly admitted. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • initiate — [i nish′ē āt΄; ] for adj. & n. [ i nish′ē it, i nish′ēāt΄] or, occas. [ i nish′it] vt. initiated, initiating [< L initiatus, pp. of initiare, to enter upon, initiate < initium: see INITIAL] 1. to bring into practice or use; introduce by… …   English World dictionary

  • 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To introduce by a first act; to make a beginning with; to set afoot;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • initiate — I verb admit, begin, break ground, bring into use, broach, commence, conceive, direct, discover, enlighten, enter upon, familiarize, found, give entrance to, imbuere, implant, inaugurate, inchoate, incipere, inculculate, indoctrinate, induct,… …   Law dictionary

  • initiate — UK US /ɪˈnɪʃieɪt/ verb [T] FORMAL ► to begin something: »The automaker initiated a programme to improve the recyclability of its automobiles at the end of their useful life. initiate proceedings/an action against sb/sth »The bank initiated legal… …   Financial and business terms

  • initiate — initiate; un·initiate; …   English syllables

  • initiate — [v1] start, introduce admit, begin, break the ice*, come out with, come up with, commence, dream up, enter, get ball rolling*, get feet wet*, get under way, inaugurate, induct, install, instate, institute, intro*, invest, kick off*, launch, make… …   New thesaurus

  • initiate — ► VERB 1) cause (a process or action) to begin. 2) admit with formal ceremony or ritual into a society or group. 3) (initiate into) introduce to (a new activity or skill). ► NOUN ▪ a person who has been initiated. DERIVATIVES initiat …   English terms dictionary

  • Initiate — In*i ti*ate, v. i. To do the first act; to perform the first rite; to take the initiative. [R.] Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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