ini·​tial·​ize i-ˈni-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce initialize (audio)
initialized; initializing

transitive verb

: to set (something, such as a computer program counter) to a starting position, value, or configuration
initialization noun

Examples of initialize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Challenges Any organization that wants to initialize its collaboration efforts with India should consider the benefits and, equally, several challenges. Bankim Chandra, Forbes, 4 May 2023 This occurs when a program uses one method to allocate or initialize a resource, but an incompatible method then accesses that resource, potentially providing unsecured access to the browser’s memory. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 Deep learning avoids this trap by initializing the parameters randomly and then iteratively adjusting sets of them to better fit the data using a method called stochastic gradient descent. Neil C. Thompson, IEEE Spectrum, 24 Sep. 2021 Once initialized the arm is instructed to extend and take a photo of the canvas below. Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2023 Wait for the process to initialize, wrapping up in about two minutes. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 6 Mar. 2023 OpenSea also requires you to initialize your account at a cost before listing your first Ethereum NFT, The Verge says. Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2022 If real-time data can be put into the computer models, when the storm is on the opposite side of the Atlantic, the models have much less 'guessing' to do and could initialize the storm properly. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 5 Sep. 2022 Here’s how to allocate and initialize 2 bytes, or 1 word of space, with the address of VAL1. Andrew Hudson, Ars Technica, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of initialize was in 1957

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“Initialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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