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in·i·tial  audio  (-nshl) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first: took the initial step toward peace.
  2. Designating the first letter or letters of a word.
NOUN:
    1. The first letter of a proper name.
    2. initials The first letter of each word of a person's full name considered as a unit: stationery monogrammed with her initials.
  1. The first letter of a word.
  2. A large, often highly decorated letter set at the beginning of a chapter, verse, or paragraph.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
in·i·tialed, also in·i·tialled in·i·tial·ing, in·i·tial·ling in·i·tials, in·i·tials
To mark or sign with initials, especially for purposes of authorization or approval.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin initilis, from initium, beginning; see ei- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
in·itial·ly(Adverb), in·itial·ness(Noun)


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