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in·i·tial  (-nshl)
1. Of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first: took the initial step toward peace.
2. Designating the first letter or letters of a word.
a. The first letter of a proper name.
b. initials The first letter of each word of a persons full name considered as a unit: stationery monogrammed with her initials.
2. The first letter of a word.
3. A large, often highly decorated letter set at the beginning of a chapter, verse, or paragraph.
tr.v. in·i·tialed also in·i·tialled, in·i·tial·ing also in·i·tial·ling, in·i·tials also in·i·tials
To mark or sign with initials, especially for purposes of authorization or approval.

[Latin initilis, from initium, beginning; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

in·itial·ly adv.
in·itial·ness n.

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