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initial

in·i·tial

initial

 
 
pronunciation:
ih nI shl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition: of the beginning; first.
My initial impression of him was favorable.Our initial meeting took place in Vienna.
synonyms:
first, original, primary
antonyms:
final, last, latter, terminal
similar words:
beginning, germinal, inaugural, incipient, introductory, maiden, opening, primal, prime, starting
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: (usu. pl.) the first letters in a person's name.
The artist put her initials at the bottom of the painting.
similar words:
character, mark, monogram
definition 2: the first letter of a word.
The first word of each line started with the same initial.
similar words:
character, letter
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: initialed, initialing, initials
definition: to mark with one's initials.
You'll need to initial the document in these two places.
similar words:
mark, monogram, sign, undersign
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derivation: initially (adv.)
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