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initial

adjective [before noun] uk   /ɪˈnɪʃ.əl/ us  
B2 of or at the beginning: My initial surprise was soon replaced by delight. Initial reports say that seven people have died, though this has not yet been confirmed.
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noun [C usually plural] uk   /ɪˈnɪʃ.əl/ us  

initial

verb [T] uk   /ɪˈnɪʃ.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) us  
to write your initials on something: If you make any changes to the document, please initial them.
Translations of “initial”
in Korean 처음의…
in Arabic أَوَّلي…
in French initial…
in Turkish ilk, başta olan, ilk meydana gelen…
in Italian iniziale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 開始的,最初的…
in Russian первоначальный…
in Polish początkowy…
in Spanish inicial…
in Portuguese inicial…
in German anfänglich…
in Catalan inicial…
in Japanese 最初の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 开始的,最初的…
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