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initial

[ ih-nish-uhl ]
/ 瑟藞n瑟蕛 蓹l /
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Definition of initial

adjective
of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first: the initial step in a process.
Phonetics. occurring at the beginning of a word or syllable, as the (k) sound of kite, chasm, or quay.
noun
an initial letter, as of a word.
the first letter of a proper name.
a letter of extra size or an ornamental character used at the beginning of a chapter or other division of a book, manuscript, or the like.
verb (used with object), in路i路tialed, in路i路tial路ing or (especially British) in路i路tialled, in路i路tial路ling.
to mark or sign with an initial or the initials of one's name, especially as a token of preliminary or informal approval.
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Origin of initial

First recorded in 1520鈥30; from Latin initi膩lis, equivalent to initi(um) 鈥渂eginning鈥 (init-, noun derivative of in墨re 鈥渢o enter, begin鈥; in- in-2 + 墨re 鈥渢o go鈥; cf. comes) + -ium-ium) + -alis-al1

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British Dictionary definitions for initial

initial
/ (瑟藞n瑟蕛蓹l) /

adjective
of, at, or concerning the beginning
noun
the first letter of a word, esp a person's name
printing a large sometimes highly decorated letter set at the beginning of a chapter or work
botany a cell from which tissues and organs develop by division and differentiation; a meristematic cell
verb -tials, -tialling or -tialled or US -tials, -tialing or -tialed
(tr) to sign with one's initials, esp to indicate approval; endorse

Derived forms of initial

initialer or initialler, nouninitially, adverb

Word Origin for initial

C16: from Latin initi膩lis of the beginning, from initium beginning, literally: an entering upon, from in墨re to go in, from in- 虏 + 墨re to go
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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