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initialize

[ih-nish-uh-lahyz] /ɪˈnɪʃ əˌlaɪz/
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
1955-1960
1955-60; initial + -ize
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British Dictionary definitions for initializing

initialize

/ɪˈnɪʃəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(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 initializing

initialize

v.

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

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