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Published:May 9th, 2012 10:16 EST
The Word Initiate Means Begin, Start, and Go

The Word Initiate Means Begin, Start, and Go

By Keith Johnson

The SOP Word of the Day: Initiate 

The word "initiate" means "begin, start, and go". In the world of computing and electronics, a power source is usually already there, so initiate really means opening a circuit by which energy can enter and then a mechanized process can begin and start.

So, when you turn the key on the ignition of your car, you are initiating the engine. Also, one can "initiate" many things - governmental policies, rules, regulations, activities of all kinds, thoughts, actions, and more. Initiate is a universal term for "start" and can be applied liberally across many, many different scenarios.



Keith Johnson, M.S. Education

Senior Technical Writer & Author

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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