(noun, adjective, verb)


1. occurring at the beginning

- took the initial step toward reconciliation

Similar word(s): first

Sentences with initial as an adjective:

- 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.

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


1. the first letter of a word (especially a person's name)

- he refused to put the initials FRS after his name

Definition categories: communication, letter

Sentences with initial as a noun:

- You can get your initials printed at the top.


1. mark with one's initials

Definition categories: communication, sign

Sentences with initial as a verb:

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