- to set (variables, counters, switches, etc.) to their starting values at the beginning of a program or subprogram.
- to clear (internal memory, a disk, etc.) of previous data in preparation for use.
Also especially British, in·i·tial·ise.
Origin of initialize
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- (tr) to assign an initial value to (a variable or storage location) in a computer program
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Word Origin and History for initialising
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