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Definition of initialize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

initialize

 verb
(British English also -ise) verb
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they initialize
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪz//
 
he / she / it initializes
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪzɪz//
 
past simple initialized
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪzd//
 
past participle initialized
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪzd//
 
-ing form initializing
BrE BrE//ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
Computer software, Computer programming
 
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initialize something (computing) to make a computer program or system ready for use or format a disk The other option is to initialize the hard drive and reload all your programs. See related entries: Computer software, Computer programming
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: initialize