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initial

[ih-nish-uh l] /ɪˈnɪʃ əl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or occurring at the beginning; first:
the initial step in a process.
2.
Phonetics. occurring at the beginning of a word or syllable, as the (k) sound of kite, chasm, or quay.
noun
3.
an initial letter, as of a word.
4.
the first letter of a proper name.
5.
a letter of extra size or an ornamental character used at the beginning of a chapter or other division of a book, manuscript, or the like.
verb (used with object), initialed, initialing or (especially British) initialled, initialling.
6.
to mark or sign with an initial or the initials of one's name, especially as a token of preliminary or informal approval.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin initiālis, equivalent to initi(um) beginning (init-, noun derivative of inīre to enter, begin; in- in-2 + īre to go; cf. comes) + -ium -ium) + -alis -al1
Related forms
initialer, noun
initially, adverb
preinitial, verb (used with object)
subinitial, verb (used with object), subinitialed, subinitialing or (especially British) subinitialled, subinitialling.
uninitialed, adjective
uninitialled, adjective
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Examples for initially
  • And even less has come from those who believed in the revolution and initially stayed behind.
  • The new bachelor's degrees were initially focused on education, health care, and information technology.
  • Although well worth it in terms of your health, eating healthy and organic foods can initially be tricky and time-consuming.
  • initially the new theater featured a mixed bill, alternating movies with live vaudeville acts.
  • See below for an explanation of the changes made to this story since it initially appeared.
  • The cheapest bail-out in the world, as he initially called it, turned into one of the costliest.
  • While brazen, the automatic redirect initially placated authorities.
  • It initially received a rating of normal from plant operators.
  • The study suggests that the human and chimp lineages initially split off from a single ape species about ten million years ago.
  • The group that initially reported their symptoms honestly hardly changed their answers.
British Dictionary definitions for initially

initial

/ɪˈnɪʃəl/
adjective
1.
of, at, or concerning the beginning
noun
2.
the first letter of a word, esp a person's name
3.
(printing) a large sometimes highly decorated letter set at the beginning of a chapter or work
4.
(botany) a cell from which tissues and organs develop by division and differentiation; a meristematic cell
verb -tials, -tialling, -tialled (US) -tials, -tialing, -tialed
5.
(transitive) to sign with one's initials, esp to indicate approval; endorse
Derived Forms
initialer, initialler, noun
initially, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin initiālis of the beginning, from initium beginning, literally: an entering upon, from inīre to go in, from in-² + īre to go
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Word Origin and History for initially
initial
1526, "of or pertaining to a beginning," from L. initialis "initial, incipient," from initium "a beginning, an entrance," from pp. stem of inire "to go into, enter upon, begin," from in- "into, in" + ire "to go" (see ion). Meaning "standing at the beginning of a word, sentence, etc." (1622) led to noun sense of "initial letter of a name or surname" (1627). The verb meaning "to mark or sign with initials" is from 1864.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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