initiative Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “initiative” - English Dictionary

"initiative" in American English

See all translations

initiativenoun

 us   /ɪˈnɪʃ·ə·t̬ɪv, ɪˈnɪʃ·i·ə-/
  • initiative noun (ABILITY TO TAKE ACTION)

[U] the ​ability to ​judge what ​needs to be done and take ​action, esp. without ​suggestion from other ​people: Lisa ​showed initiative on the ​job and was ​soonpromoted.
  • initiative noun (NEW BEGINNING)

[C] a new ​attempt to ​achieve a ​goal or ​solve a ​problem, or a new ​method for doing this: The ​defensesecretaryannounced a ​major initiative to ​upgradeourmilitarypreparedness.
(Definition of initiative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"initiative" in British English

See all translations

initiativenoun

uk   /ɪˈnɪʃ.ə.tɪv/  us   /ɪˈnɪʃ.ə.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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • initiative noun (JUDGMENT)

C1 [U] the ​ability to use ​yourjudgment to make ​decisions and do things without ​needing to be told what to do: Although she was ​quiteyoung, 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, useyour 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.
(Definition of initiative from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"initiative" in Business English

See all translations

initiativenoun

uk   us   /ɪˈnɪʃətɪv/
[C] a new ​plan or ​action to ​improve something or solve a problem: a marketing/​cost-cutting initiative a diplomatic/​peace initiative an education/​environmental/​economic initiative
[U] the ​ability to use your own ​judgment to make decisions without ​asking another person's ​advice: take/seize/lose the initiative The group's ​legaladvisers said they were taking the initiative to ​tackleonlineprivacyissues. Candidates for the ​job must be capable of ​working on their own initiative.
(Definition of initiative from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of initiative?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“initiative” in Business English

There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

star

a very large ball of burning gas in space that is usually seen from the earth as a point of light in the sky at night

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More