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Meaning of INITIAL

Pronunciation:  i'nishul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the first letter of a word (especially a person's name); "he refused to put the initials FRS after his name"
  2. [adj]  occurring at the beginning; "took the initial step toward reconciliation"
  3. [v]  mark with one's initials

INITIAL is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: first
 See Also: alphabetic character, approve, letter, letter of the alphabet, O.K., okay, sanction, sign



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*i"tial\, a. [L. initialis, from initium a going in,
    entrance, beginning, fr. inire to go into, to enter, begin;
    pref. in- in + ire to go: cf. F. initial. See {Issue}, and
    cf. {Commence}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to the beginning; marking the
       commencement; incipient; commencing; as, the initial
       symptoms of a disease.
    2. Placed at the beginning; standing at the head, as of a
       list or series; as, the initial letters of a name.
  2. \In*i"tial\, n.
    The first letter of a word or a name.
  3. \In*i"tial\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Initialed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Initialing}.]
    To put an initial to; to mark with an initial of initials.
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