Initialize



[ih-nish-uh-lahyz] /ɪˈnɪʃ əˌlaɪz/

verb (used with object), initialized, initializing. Computers.
1.
to set (variables, counters, switches, etc.) to their starting values at the beginning of a program or subprogram.
2.
to clear (internal memory, a disk, etc.) of previous data in preparation for use.
/ɪˈnɪʃəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to assign an initial value to (a variable or storage location) in a computer program
v.

1833, “to designate by initials,” from initial + -ize. Meaning “to make ready for operation” is from 1957. Related: Initialized; initializing.

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