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Definition of initiation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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initiation

noun
/ɪˌnɪʃiˈeɪʃn/ initiation pronunciation American
[uncountable]
 
1 the act of someone becoming a member of a group, often with a special ceremony; the act of introducing someone to an activity or skillan initiation ceremony initiation into somethingher initiation into the world of marketing2 (formal) the act of starting somethingthe initiation of criminal proceedings