[ih-nish-ee-uh-tiv, ih-nish-uh-] /ɪˈnɪʃ i ə tɪv, ɪˈnɪʃ ə-/
an introductory act or step; leading action:
to take the initiative in making friends.
readiness and ability in initiating action; enterprise:
to lack initiative.
one’s personal, responsible decision:
to act on one’s own initiative.
of or relating to formal admission or acceptance into a club or other group; signifying an :
The secret society’s initiative events are best left undescribed.
serving to set in motion or ; introductory; beginning:
Initiative steps were taken to stop manufacture of the drug.
the first step or action of a matter; commencing move: he took the initiative, a peace initiative
the right or power to begin or initiate something: he has the initiative
the ability or attitude required to begin or initiate something
on one’s own initiative, without being prompted
of or concerning initiation or serving to initiate; initiatory
1793, “that which begins,” also “power of initiating,” from French initiative (1560s), from Latin initiatus (see initiation). First attested in English in writings of William Godwin. Phrase take the initiative recorded by 1844.
[verb ih-nish-ee-eyt; adjective, noun ih-nish-ee-it, -eyt] /verb ɪˈnɪʃ iˌeɪt; adjective, noun ɪˈnɪʃ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/ verb (used with object), initiated, initiating. 1. to begin, set going, or originate: to initiate major social reforms. 2. to introduce into the knowledge of some art or subject. 3. to admit or accept with formal rites into an organization […]
[ih-nish-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪˈnɪʃ i əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective 1. introductory; initial: an initiatory step toward a treaty. 2. serving to or admit into a society, club, etc. /ɪˈnɪʃɪˌətərɪ/ adjective 1. of or concerning initiation or serving to initiate; initiative adj. 1610s, from Latin initiat-, stem of initiare (see initiate (v.)) + -ory.
initis in·i·tis (ĭ-nī’tĭs) n.
[in-jekt] /ɪnˈdʒɛkt/ verb (used with object) 1. to force (a fluid) into a passage, cavity, or tissue: to inject a medicine into the veins. 2. to introduce (something new or different): to inject humor into a situation. 3. to introduce arbitrarily or inappropriately; intrude. 4. to interject (a remark, suggestion, etc.), as into conversation. 1. […]