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initiation

noun
     
Related topics: Organizations
i‧ni‧ti‧a‧tion [uncountable and countable]
1SSO the process of officially introducing someone into a club or group, or of introducing a young person to adult life, often with a special ceremony:
The club has an initiation ceremony for new members.
initiation rite/ritual
initiation rituals for young boys at puberty
initiation into
rites of initiation into their religion
2 the act of starting something such as an official process, a new plan etc
initiation of
the initiation of criminal proceedings

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