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initial

  
  ( initials    plural & 3rd person present)   ( initialling    present participle)   ( initialled    past tense & past participle  )
in AM, use initialing, initialed     
1       adj   You use initial to describe something that happens at the beginning of a process.  
ADJ n  
The initial reaction has been excellent...     
2       n-count   Initials are the capital letters which begin each word of a name. For example, if your full name is Michael Dennis Stocks, your initials will be M.D.S.  
usu pl, oft poss N  
...a silver Porsche car with her initials JB on the side.     
3       verb   If someone initials an official document, they write their initials on it, for example to show that they have seen it or that they accept or agree with it.  
Would you mind initialing this voucher?...      V n  
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initial

  

      adj   beginning, commencing, early, first, inaugural, inceptive, inchoate, incipient, introductory, opening, primary  
  
Antonyms     
   closing, concluding, ending, final, last, terminal, ultimate  

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