Meaning of INITIAL in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ɪnɪʃ(ə)l ]

( initials, initialling, initialled)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

Note: in AM, use 'initialing', 'initialed'


You use initial to describe something that happens at the beginning of a process.

The initial reaction has been excellent...



Initials are the capital letters which begin each word of a name. For example, if your full name is Michael Dennis Stocks, your initials will be M.D.S.

...a silver Porsche car with her initials JB on the side.

N-COUNT : usu pl , oft poss N


If someone initials an official document, they write their initials on it, for example to show that they have seen it or that they accept or agree with it.

Would you mind initialing this voucher?...

VERB : V n

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