the initiative

noun

Definition of the initiative 

: the power or opportunity to do something before others do If you want to meet her, you're going to have to take the initiative and introduce yourself. The company has the opportunity to seize the initiative by getting its new products to the market before its competitors. By failing to get its products to the market on schedule, the company has lost the initiative (to its competitors).

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