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initial

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adjective ini·tial \i-ˈni-shəl\

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

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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


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initial

noun ini·tial

Definition of initial

  1. 1a :  the first letter of a nameb initials 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.

Recent Examples of initial from the Web

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First Known Use of initial

1627


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initial

verb ini·tial

Definition of initial

initialed

or

initialled

;

initialing

or

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.

First Known Use of initial

circa 1864



INITIAL Defined for English Language Learners

initial

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adjective

Definition of initial for English Language Learners

  • : occurring at the beginning of something

initial

noun

Definition of initial for English Language Learners

  • : a first letter of a name

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

initial

verb

Definition of initial for English Language Learners

  • : to mark (something) with your initials


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

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initialled

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initialing

or

initialling

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



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