initial

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Initial is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

Adjective[change]

Positive
initial

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. (usually before the noun) The initial period, stages, etc. come near the beginning.
    They send most workers to the US after an initial training period of three months.
    With these cars, the initial cost is high, but you save money in the long run.
    My initial reaction when I saw the bear was to run and hide.

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Antonyms[change]

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Noun[change]

Singular
initial

Plural
initials

  1. (countable) An initial is the first letter of a name.
    He found a bag with the initials D.B.R.
    His name is Daniel Jr., His initial is D.J.

See also[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
initial

Third-person singular
initials

Past tense
initialed

Past participle
initialed

Present participle
initialing

Plain form
initial

Third-person singular
initials

Past tense
initialled

Past participle
initialled

Present participle
initialling

  1. If you initial something, you write the first letter of each of your names on it (or sometimes just your first and last name).
    Can you initial this form here, please?