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initial

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adjective ini·tial \i-ˈni-shəl\

Simple Definition of initial

  • : occurring at the beginning of something

Full Definition of initial

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the beginning :  incipient <his initial reaction>

  2. 2 :  placed at the beginning :  first <the initial word of the verse>

ini·tial·ly play \i-ˈni-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb
ini·tial·ness play \i-ˈni-shəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of initial

  1. <you've resolved my initial complaint, but now I have a new question>



Origin of initial

Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French iniciel, from Latin initialis, from initium beginning, from inire to go into, from in- + ire to go — more at issue


First Known Use: 1526


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initial

noun ini·tial

Simple Definition of initial

  • : a first letter of a name

  • initials : the first letters of each of a person's names

Full Definition of initial

  1. 1 a :  the first letter of a name b plural :  the first letter of each word in a full name <found that their initials were identical>

  2. 2 :  a large letter beginning a text or a division or paragraph

  3. 3 :  anlage, precursor; specifically :  a meristematic cell

Examples of initial

  1. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's middle initial stood for Delano.

  2. She put her initials on each page of the contract.

  3. The initials F.D.R. stood for Franklin Delano Roosevelt.



1627

First Known Use of initial

1627


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initial

verb ini·tial

Simple Definition of initial

  • : to mark (something) with your initials

Full Definition of initial

ini·tialed or ini·tialledini·tial·ing or ini·tial·ling play \i-ˈni-sh(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to affix an initial to

  3. 2 :  to authenticate or give preliminary approval to by affixing the initials of an authorizing representative

Examples of initial

  1. She initialed each page of the contract.



Circa 1864

First Known Use of initial

circa 1864



INITIAL Defined for Kids

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initial

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noun ini·tial \i-ˈni-shəl\

Definition of initial

  1. 1 :  the first letter of a name

  2. 2 :  a large letter beginning a text or a paragraph




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initial

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adjective ini·tial

Definition of initial

  1. :  occurring at or marking the beginning <an initial effort> <the initial word>

ini·tial·ly \-shə-lē\ adverb



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initial

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verb ini·tial

Definition of initial

ini·tialed or ini·tialledini·tial·ing or ini·tial·ling

  1. :  to mark with the first letter or letters of a name





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