Initial meaning

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Your initial means the first letter of your name.

An example of initial is the letter "M" when your name is Molly.

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The definition of initial is something that comes first.

An example of initial is the first phone call in a series of calls.

adjective
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Initial is defined as to sign or mark something using just the first letter or letters of your name.

An example of initial is when you have to write the first two letters of your name next to a contract clause when signing a contract.

verb
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Having to do with, indicating, or occurring at the beginning.

The initial stage of a disease, the initial letter of a word.

adjective
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Spatially first, placed at the beginning, in the first position; especially said of the first letter of a word.

The initial letter of names is usually printed with a capital letter.

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The first letter of a word or a name.
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Chronologically first, early; of or pertaining to the beginning, cause or origin.

Our initial admiration for their efficiency gave way to disgust about their methods.

The initial stages of a syndrome may differ vastly from the final symptoms.

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To mark or sign with initials, especially for purposes of authorization or approval.
verb
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A capital, or uppercase, letter.
  • An extra-large capital letter at the start of a printed paragraph, chapter, etc.
  • The first letter of a name, specif. when used in place of that name.
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In plural, the first letter of each word of a person's full name considered as a unit.

You can get your initials printed at the top.

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(typography, calligraphy) A distinguished initial letter of a chapter or section of a document.
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(phonology) Onset, part of a syllable that precedes the syllable nucleus in phonetics and phonology.
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Designating the first letter or letters of a word.
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A large, often highly decorated letter set at the beginning of a chapter, verse, or paragraph.
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To sign one's initial(s), as an abbreviated signature.

Please initial each page and sign the contract in full at the bottom.

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Of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first.

Took the initial step toward peace.

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(biol.) A primordial cell that determines the basic pattern of derived tissues; specif., a meristematic cell.
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To mark or sign with an initial or initials.
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The first letter of a word.
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Origin of initial

  • Latin initiālis from initium beginning ei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French, from Latin initialis (“of the beginning, incipient, initial”), from initium (“a going in, entrance, beginning”), from inire (“to go in, enter upon, begin”), from in (“in”) + ire (“to go”).

    From Wiktionary