French translation of 'initiate'
1. (= start)
[talks, discussion, conversation] entamer ⧫ initier
The government has initiated a series of reforms. Le gouvernement a initié une série de réformes.
to initiate proceedings against sb intenter une action contre qn ⧫ engager des poursuites contre qn
to initiate sex prendre l’initiative des rapports sexuels
2. [person] initier
to initiate sb into sth [religion] initier qn à qch; [activity] initier qn à qch; [society, organization] admettre qn au sein de qch
He wanted to initiate his son into fishing. Il voulait initier son fils à la pêche.
to be initiated into sth être initié(e) à qch
to initiate sb into the mysteries of sth initier qn aux mystères de qch
to initiate sb into the secrets of sth initier qn aux secrets de qch
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Example Sentences Including 'initiate'
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Naturally I would not initiate any action against them without consulting you.T2©: RISING STORM (1991)
Once the man spent that money, however, he went to several lawyers and finally found one who would initiate a case against me.THREE KINDS OF KISSING - SCOTTISH SHORT STORIES (1991)
Especially with Soli: if he didn't initiate conversation, Soli was likely to remain as silent as a stone.THE BROKEN GOD (1991)
`She will come before Miss Bray goes so that Miss Bray can initiate her into her duties.THE ROAD TO PARADISE ISLAND (1991)
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British English: initiate VERB
If you initiate something, you start it or cause it to happen.
They wanted to initiate a discussion on economics.
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Translation of initiate from the Collins English to French Dictionary