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initialadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɪˈnɪʃ·əl/
of or at the ​beginning; first: She ​failed her ​drivingtest on the initial ​try, but ​passed the next ​time. The president’s initial ​popularitysoondisappeared.
initially
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ɪˈnɪʃ·ə·li/
The ​ceremony, initially ​planned for this ​month, was ​postponed.

initialnoun [C]

 us   /ɪˈnɪʃ·əl/
  • initial noun [C] (FIRST LETTER)

the first ​letter of a ​name, esp. when used to ​represent a ​name
Your initials are the first ​letters of each of ​yournames: They will put ​your initials on the ​luggage for another $15.

initialverb [T]

 us   /ɪˈnɪʃ·əl/
  • initial verb [T] (WRITE FIRST LETTERS)

to write ​your initials on something: Please initial each ​document.
(Definition of initial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"initial" in British English

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initialadjective [before noun]

uk   /ɪˈnɪʃ.əl/  us   /ɪˈnɪʃ.əl/
B2 of or at the ​beginning: My initial ​surprise was ​soonreplaced by ​delight. Initial ​reports say that seven ​people have ​died, though this has not ​yet been ​confirmed.

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initialnoun [C usually plural]

uk   /ɪˈnɪʃ.əl/  us   /ɪˈnɪʃ.əl/
B1 the first ​letter of a ​name, ​especially when used to ​represent a ​name: He ​wrote his initials, P.M.R., at the ​bottom of the ​page. Paul M. Reynolds ​refused to say what the initial "M" stood for. They ​carvedtheir initials into a ​tree.

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initialverb [T]

uk   /ɪˈnɪʃ.əl/  us   /ɪˈnɪʃ.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
to write ​your initials on something: If you make any ​changes to the ​document, ​please initial them.
(Definition of initial from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"initial" in Business English

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initialadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ɪˈnɪʃəl/
happening at the beginning: initial estimate/forecast Economists had expected ​GDPgrowth to be ​revisedupwards from last month's initial ​estimate of 0.6%.initial charge/cost/fee The ​fund has an initial ​charge of 5.25%. Investors may not get back the ​fullvalue of their initial ​investment.

initialverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪˈnɪʃəl/ (initialling or US usually initialing, initialled or US usually initialed)
to write the first ​letters of each of your ​names on an ​officialdocument to show that you have read it and ​agree with it: Initial and ​date each ​page of the ​contract.
to discuss and ​agree to an ​arrangement with another ​organization, country, etc.: The two ​nations used the ​summit to initial a ​deal on ​energycooperation.

initialnoun

uk   us   /ɪˈnɪʃəl/
initials [plural]
the first ​letter of each of your ​names: He was ​dismissed for ​forging his manager's initials on the ​invoices.
one of the ​letters by which an ​organization may be known, which are usually the first ​letters of each of the words in its ​name: The ​insurancegiant AIG's initials ​stand for American International Group.
(Definition of initial from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “initial”
in Korean 처음의…
in Arabic أَوَّلي…
in Malaysian awal…
in French initial…
in Russian первоначальный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 開始的,最初的…
in Italian iniziale…
in Turkish ilk, başta olan, ilk meydana gelen…
in Polish początkowy…
in Spanish inicial…
in Vietnamese ban đầu…
in Portuguese inicial…
in Thai ชั้นต้น…
in German anfänglich…
in Catalan inicial…
in Japanese 最初の…
in Chinese (Simplified) 开始的,最初的…
in Indonesian awal…
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