[ ih-nish-uh-lahyz ]
/ ɪˈnɪʃ əˌlaɪz /
verb (used with object), in·i·tial·ized, in·i·tial·iz·ing.Computers.
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.
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Also especially British, in·i·tial·ise .
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Example sentences from the Web for initialize
If voters want to change their selections before they send in their ballot, they must initialize the change.
British Dictionary definitions for initialize
/ (ɪˈnɪʃəˌlaɪz) /
(tr) to assign an initial value to (a variable or storage location) in a computer program
Derived forms of initializeinitialization or initialisation, noun
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