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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

initially

play \i-ˈni-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

initialness

play \i-ˈni-shəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of initial in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of initial

initialed

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initialled

initialing

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initialling

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 in a sentence

  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 for Students

  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 for Students

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

initially

\-shə-lē\ adverb



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initial

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verb ini·tial

Definition of initial for Students

initialed

or

initialled

initialing

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initialling

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





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