initiative

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initiative ˈnɪʃətɪv/ noun
plural initiatives
initiative
ˈnɪʃətɪv/
noun
plural initiatives
Learner's definition of INITIATIVE
the initiative : the power or opportunity to do something before others do
[noncount] : the energy and desire that is needed to do something
◊ If you do something on your own initiative, you do it because you choose to, not because someone has told you to do it.
◊ If you use your (own) initiative, you decide for yourself what to do instead of waiting to be told by someone else.
[count] : a plan or program that is intended to solve a problem
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