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1    the first step or action of a matter; commencing move  
he took the initiative, a peace initiative     
2    the right or power to begin or initiate something  
he has the initiative     
3    the ability or attitude required to begin or initiate something  
4      (Government)  
a    the right or power to introduce legislation, etc., in a legislative body  
b    the procedure by which citizens originate legislation, as in many American states and Switzerland  
5    on one's own initiative   without being prompted  
6    of or concerning initiation or serving to initiate; initiatory  
  initiatively      adv  

Private Finance Initiative  
      n   (in Britain) a government scheme to encourage private investment in public projects,   (Abbrev.)    PFI  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


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  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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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