initial Definition

  • 1existing or occurring at the beginning
  • 2to mark or sign with initials, typically to indicate ownership or authorship

Using initial: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "initial" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The initial stage of the project is complete.

  • Example

    She put her initials on the bottom of the page.

  • Example

    The company's initial public offering was a huge success.

initial Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with initial

  • a set of letters representing a person's name, with the surname initial appearing first


    J.K. Rowling is the author's pen name; J.K. stands for Joanne Kathleen.

  • the amount of money needed to start a business or investment


    The initial investment for the startup was quite high, but it paid off in the long run.

  • the immediate response to something, often emotional or instinctive


    Her initial reaction to the news was shock and disbelief.

Origins of initial

from Latin 'initium', meaning 'beginning'


Summary: initial in Brief

The term 'initial' [ɪˈnɪʃəl] refers to something existing or occurring at the beginning. It can describe stages of a project, as in 'The initial stage of the project is complete,' or denote ownership or authorship, as in 'She put her initials on the bottom of the page.' 'Initial' extends into phrases like 'initial investment,' referring to the amount of money needed to start a business, and 'initial reaction,' describing the immediate response to something.

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