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 .
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How to use initialize in a sentence
Our fancy supplies us, and there not being many, we will just initialise them all, and let he whom the cap fits put it on.Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities | Robert Smith Surtees
British Dictionary definitions for initialize
(tr) to assign an initial value to (a variable or storage location) in a computer program
- initialization or initialisation, noun
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