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English definition of “initialize”

initialize

verb [I or T] ( UK also initialise)     /ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪz/ 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 → Compare boot, format verb
initialization ( UK also initialisation) noun [U]
(Definition of initialize verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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