initial

adjective
ini·​tial | \ i-ˈni-shəl How to pronounce initial (audio) \

Definition of initial

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of or relating to the beginning : incipient his initial reaction
2 : placed at the beginning : first the initial word of the verse

initial

noun

Definition of initial (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : the first letter of a name
b initials plural : the first letter of each word in a full name found that their initials were identical
2 : a large letter beginning a text or a division or paragraph
3 : anlage, precursor specifically : a meristematic cell

initial

verb
initialed or initialled; initialing or initialling\ i-​ˈni-​sh(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce initial (audio) \

Definition of initial (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to affix an initial to
2 : to authenticate or give preliminary approval to by affixing the initials of an authorizing representative

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Other Words from initial

Adjective

initialness \ i-​ˈni-​shəl-​nəs How to pronounce initial (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for initial

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of initial in a Sentence

Adjective you've resolved my initial complaint, but now I have a new question Noun President Franklin D. Roosevelt's middle initial stood for “Delano.” She put her initials on each page of the contract. The initials F.D.R. stood for “Franklin Delano Roosevelt.” Verb She initialed each page of the contract.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In his initial report, Waigel made 114 recommendations for changes in Siemens' compliance practices to prevent bribery. Ben Knight, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 Village President Howard Roin said there have been discussions between the owners, neighbors and village staff with changes made to the initial plan including limiting seating to 36 people on the patio, not the 80 or 90 as originally proposed. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 20 July 2021 The toll is a far cry from the initial March 15 report of 57 deaths. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 The initial report from police said that officers received a report of a boy who shot himself in the head. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 14 July 2021 The toll is a far cry from the initial March 15 report of 57 deaths. NBC News, 14 July 2021 The quake was centered about 14 miles southwest of Talkeetna with a depth of 4 miles, according to an initial report from the Alaska Earthquake Center. Anchorage Daily News, 12 July 2021 Local police corrected their initial report that the shots fired occurred within the MassDOT building and added that no injuries had occurred during the shooting. Fox News, 9 July 2021 Likewise, prosecutors often refrain from disclosing evidence beyond the initial police report prior to the preliminary hearing, the complaint says. Olivia Munson, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sharrett is thoroughly country, a live wire who speaks in a growling rasp and wears jeans with a large, Western-style belt buckle featuring his last initial. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, 5 July 2021 This voucher can be used for a personalized necklace, bracelet, ring, or earrings featuring either a full name or initial. Ashley Hughes, Chron, 30 June 2021 His initial emailed reply to the AP was overlooked. Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 And during her tour of Scotland last month, Kate accessorized with the Alphabet Necklace by Daniella Draper that featured the first initial of each of her three children. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 18 June 2021 This Men’s Cord Bracelet adorned with a solid 9ct gold cylinder bead either personalized with the initial of your choice or plain is cool yet sophisticated. Angela Lei, Forbes, 15 June 2021 And then there’s the wall of brown coffee mugs used by active members of the club, each with a sticker with the member’s first name, last initial and a number, in most cases representing how long someone has been a member. oregonlive, 6 June 2021 She was identified only her first name and an initial. Alexandra Mendoza Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2021 Discussions are to be kept within the group and members introduce themselves by their first names, and sometimes last initial. Jonathan Reiss, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to Shah, she was told to initial next to each relevant statement as Bastos read them aloud. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 16 June 2021 Leaders of the three countries met in 1992 in San Antonio, Texas, to initial the agreement. David Luhnow, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Value of those tools was initially set at around $500 total and police noted that they had been initialed by the owner. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 15 Apr. 2020 The agreement was initialed and signed by Tully in March, but was not filed until April 7, according to online court records. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, 17 Apr. 2020 Taylor was one of the first witnesses called Wednesday during the impeachment inquiry’s initial open hearing. USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2019 About two weeks later, your boxes of ammo show up, each one initialed buy the loader who made them. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 8 Jan. 2020 Rickmon Tuesday ruled that eight ballots were not properly initialed by election judges before giving them to voters. Alicia Fabbre, chicagotribune.com, 5 Nov. 2019 In 1995, Balkan leaders meeting in Dayton, Ohio, initialed a peace plan to end three and a-half years of ethnic fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of initial

Adjective

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for initial

Adjective

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 entry 1

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The first known use of initial was in 1526

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“Initial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/initial. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for initial

initial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of initial

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: occurring at the beginning of something

initial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of initial (Entry 2 of 3)

: a first letter of a name
: the first letters of each of a person's names

initial

verb

English Language Learners Definition of initial (Entry 3 of 3)

: to mark (something) with your initials

initial

noun
ini·​tial | \ i-ˈni-shəl How to pronounce initial (audio) \

Kids Definition of initial

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the first letter of a name
2 : a large letter beginning a text or a paragraph

initial

adjective

Kids Definition of initial (Entry 2 of 3)

: occurring at or marking the beginning an initial effort the initial word

Other Words from initial

initially \ -​shə-​lē \ adverb

initial

verb
initialed or initialled; initialing or initialling

Kids Definition of initial (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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