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Dictionary definition for: Initiation

1. (n) a formal entry into an organization or position or office; "his initiation into the club" "he was ordered to report for induction into the army" "he gave a speech as part of his installation into the hall of fame"

2. (n) the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new; "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult" "the foundation of a new scientific society" "he regards the fork as a modern introduction"

3. (n) wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge; "his knowledgeability impressed me" "his dullness was due to lack of initiation"

4. (n) an act that sets in motion some course of events

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