Meaning of “initially” in the English Dictionary

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"initially" in British English

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initiallyadverb

uk /ɪˈnɪʃ.əl.i/ us /ɪˈnɪʃ.əl.i/

B2 at the beginning:

Initially, most people approved of the new plan.
The damage was far more serious than initially believed.

More examples

  • He was initially blackballed because of a dispute he once had with a couple of the committee members.
  • Special preferences were offered initially to encourage investment.
  • The building was used as a bank initially, but its is now used as a restaurant.
  • He played trumpet initially, but switched to the piano when he was in his twenties.
  • The economic changes initially produced hardship.

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