initialized

initialize

[ih-nish-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), initialized, initializing. Computers.
1.
to set (variables, counters, switches, etc.) to their starting values at the beginning of a program or subprogram.
2.
to clear (internal memory, a disk, etc.) of previous data in preparation for use.
Also, especially British, initialise.


Origin:
1955–60; initial + -ize

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initialize or initialise (ɪˈnɪʃəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to assign an initial value to (a variable or storage location) in a computer program
 
initialise or initialise
 
vb
 
initiali'zation or initialise
 
n
 
initiali'sation or initialise
 
n

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