Definition of initialize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

initialize

 verb
verb
NAmE//ɪˈnɪʃəˌlaɪz//
 
initialize something(computing)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they initialize
 
he / she / it initializes
 
past simple initialized
 
-ing form initializing
 
 
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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.
initialization
 
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NAmE//ɪˌnɪʃələˈzeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: initialize