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[ih-nish-uh-lahyz] /ɪˈnɪʃ əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), initialized, initializing. Computers.
to set (variables, counters, switches, etc.) to their starting values at the beginning of a program or subprogram.
to clear (internal memory, a disk, etc.) of previous data in preparation for use.
Origin of initialize
1955-60; initial + -ize Unabridged
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Examples from the web for initialize
  • Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.
  • When the page loads, it should run the initialize function from the previous step.
  • The resulting data will be used to initialize decadal models, verify the models and study the dynamics of the coupled system.
British Dictionary definitions for initialize


(transitive) to assign an initial value to (a variable or storage location) in a computer program
Derived Forms
initialization, initialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for initialize

1833, "to designate by initials," from initial + -ize. Meaning "to make ready for operation" is from 1957. Related: Initialized; initializing.

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