Meaning of “initialize” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “initialize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"initialize" in Business English

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initializeverb [ I or T ]

UK also initialise uk /ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪz/ us IT

to prepare a computer program or system to start working:

Please wait while the system is initializing.

to prepare a computer disk for use so that it can store and read data

initialization
noun [ U ] UK also initialisation

an initialisation file

(Definition of “initialize” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)