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1    advantage, beginning, commencement, first move, first step, lead  
2    ambition, drive, dynamism, enterprise, get-up-and-go     (informal)   inventiveness, leadership, originality, push     (informal)   resource, resourcefulness  
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  ( initiatives    plural  )
1       n-count   An initiative is an important act or statement that is intended to solve a problem.  
usu with supp, oft N to-inf  
Government initiatives to help young people have been inadequate..., There's talk of a new peace initiative.     
2       n-sing   In a fight or contest, if you have the initiative, you are in a better position than your opponents to decide what to do next.  
the N  
We have the initiative; we intend to keep it...     
3       n-uncount   If you have initiative, you have the ability to decide what to do next and to do it, without needing other people to tell you what to do.  
She was disappointed by his lack of initiative.     
4    If you take the initiative in a situation, you are the first person to act, and are therefore able to control the situation.  
take the initiative      phrase   V inflects  
We must take the initiative in the struggle to end the war...     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

initiative n.
ability to make decisions and take action without waiting for someone to tell you what to do
I showed my initiative when I became a group leader in class.

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