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INITIATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does initiative mean? 

INITIATIVE (noun)
  The noun INITIATIVE has 2 senses:

1. readiness to embark on bold new ventures
2. the first of a series of actions

  Familiarity information: INITIATIVE used as a noun is rare.


INITIATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective INITIATIVE has 1 sense:

1. serving to set in motion

  Familiarity information: INITIATIVE used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INITIATIVE (noun)


Sense 1initiative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Readiness to embark on bold new ventures

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

initiative; enterprisingness; go-ahead; enterprise

Hypernyms ("initiative" is a kind of...):

drive (the trait of being highly motivated)


Sense 2initiative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The first of a series of actions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

first step; opening move; initiative; opening

Hypernyms ("initiative" is a kind of...):

beginning; commencement; start (the act of starting something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "initiative"):

curtain raiser (any preliminary activity)

first base (the initial stage in accomplishing something)

peace initiative (opening move in negotiating a peace treaty)


INITIATIVE (adjective)


Sense 1initiative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serving to set in motion

Synonyms:

initiative; initiatory; maiden; inaugural; first

Context examples:

the magazine's inaugural issue / the initiative phase in the negotiations / an initiatory step toward a treaty / his first (or maiden) speech in Congress / the liner's maiden voyage

Similar:

opening (first or beginning)


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