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initiative

noun  us   /ɪˈnɪʃ·ə·t̬ɪv, ɪˈnɪʃ·i·ə-/

initiative noun (ABILITY TO TAKE ACTION)

[U] the ability to judge what needs to be done and take action, esp. without suggestion from other people: Lisa showed initiative on the job and was soon promoted.

initiative noun (NEW BEGINNING)

[C] a new attempt to achieve a goal or solve a problem, or a new method for doing this: The defense secretary announced a major initiative to upgrade our military preparedness.
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