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initialize

[ ih-nish-uh-lahyz ]
/ 瑟藞n瑟蕛 蓹藢la瑟z /
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verb (used with object), in路i路tial路ized, in路i路tial路iz路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路i路tial路ise .

Origin of initialize

First recorded in 1955鈥60; initial + -ize
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How to use initialize in a sentence

  • If voters want to change their selections before they send in their ballot, they must initialize the change.

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British Dictionary definitions for initialize

initialize

initialise

/ (瑟藞n瑟蕛蓹藢la瑟z) /

verb
(tr) to assign an initial value to (a variable or storage location) in a computer program

Derived forms of initialize

initialization or initialisation, noun
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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