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initiative

noun uk   /ɪˈnɪʃ.ə.tɪv/  us   /-t̬ɪv/

initiative noun (NEW PLAN)

C1 [C] a new plan or process to achieve something or solve a problem: The peace initiative was welcomed by both sides.
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initiative noun (JUDGMENT)

C1 [U] the ability to use your judgment to make decisions and do things without needing to be told what to do: Although she was quite young, she showed a lot of initiative and was promoted to manager after a year. I shouldn't always have to tell you what to do, use your initiative (= use your own judgment to decide what to do)!on your own initiative If you do something on your own initiative, you plan it and decide to do it yourself without anyone telling you what to do.

initiative noun (ADVANTAGE)

the initiative C1 [S] the power or opportunity to win an advantage: to seize/take/lose the initiative
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