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Meaning & Definition of Initiative in English

English

Initiative

/ɪnɪʃətɪv/

noun

1. Readiness to embark on bold new ventures

    synonym:
  • enterprise
  • ,
  • enterprisingness
  • ,
  • initiative
  • ,
  • go-ahead

2. The first of a series of actions

    synonym:
  • first step
  • ,
  • initiative
  • ,
  • opening move
  • ,
  • opening

adjective

1. Serving to set in motion

  • "The magazine's inaugural issue"
  • "The initiative phase in the negotiations"
  • "An initiatory step toward a treaty"
  • "His first (or maiden) speech in congress"
  • "The liner's maiden voyage"
    synonym:
  • inaugural
  • ,
  • initiative
  • ,
  • initiatory
  • ,
  • first
  • ,
  • maiden

Examples of using

It is a nice initiative.
Don't be shy about talking to the teacher; if you don't understand, use some initiative!