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Verb: pioneer  ,pI-u'neer
  1. Open up an area or prepare a way
    "She pioneered a graduate program for women students";
    - open up
  2. Take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
    "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants";
    - initiate
  3. Open up and explore a new area
    "pioneer space"
Noun: pioneer  ,pI-u'neer
  1. Someone who helps to open up a new line of research, technology or art
    - innovator, trailblazer, groundbreaker, path-breaker
  2. One of the first colonists or settlers in a new territory
    "they went west as pioneers with only the possessions they could carry with them"

Derived forms: pioneers, pioneered, pioneering

See also: open

Type of: cause, colonist, conceiver, do, engender, explore, innovate, introduce, make, mastermind, originator, settler

Encyclopedia: Pioneer, Michigan