What does initialize mean?

Definitions for initialize
ɪˈnɪʃ əˌlaɪzini·tial·ize

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word initialize.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. initialize, initialise(verb)

    assign an initial value to a computer program

  2. format, initialize, initialise(verb)

    divide (a disk) into marked sectors so that it may store data

    "Please format this disk before entering data!"


  1. initialize(Verb)

    To assign initial values to something

  2. initialize(Verb)

    To assign an initial value to a variable

  3. initialize(Verb)

    To format a storage medium prior to use

  4. initialize(Verb)

    To prepare any hardware (such as a printer or scanner) for use

How to pronounce initialize?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say initialize in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of initialize in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of initialize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Images & Illustrations of initialize

  1. initializeinitializeinitializeinitializeinitialize

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for initialize

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for initialize »


Find a translation for the initialize definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these initialize definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "initialize." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 15 Jun 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/initialize>.

    Are we missing a good definition for initialize? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. eminent
    • B. occlusive
    • C. ravening
    • D. butch

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for initialize: