ini·​tial·​ly i-ˈni-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce initially (audio)
: at the beginning : at first
The reason I initially came here was to find work.
It turned out that the situation was not as serious as we had initially believed.
Initially, the symptoms are mild.

Examples of initially in a Sentence

we initially intended to rebuild our hurricane-damaged home from the ground up
Recent Examples on the Web California On a poverty tour of California, an advisor to the governor chronicles agony, anger and hope Oct. 28, 2022 Fiona Ma Ma announced her plans to pursue lieutenant governor last year after initially planning to run for governor. Mackenzie Mays, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2024 Mainstream media outlets, taking care to report only credible answers, were initially slower to report what was happening than the breakneck pace of social media speculation. Brian Fung, CNN, 17 July 2024 After Partition, the snowy province of Kashmir, which initially chose to remain independent of both nations, acceded to India in a messy, reluctant affair. Hazlitt, 17 July 2024 The trail, which the AP reported runs on a rail line originally completed in 1877, was initially set to open last year (with Vermont’s Gov. Phil Scott even planning to ride the trail from end to end), but plans were delayed due to flooding. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for initially 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1628, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of initially was circa 1628

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“Initially.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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