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Definition of "initialize" []

  • Computer Science To set (a starting value of a variable). (verb-transitive)
  • Computer Science To prepare (a computer or a printer) for use; boot. (verb-transitive)
  • Computer Science To format (a storage medium, such as a disk). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "initialize" in a sentence
  • "My body tag has a onLoad attribute, which calls the initialize () function from my Javascript."
  • "Since we want the FAQ model to be a proper Active Record class, we need to call the initialize function of the superclass first; the command to do this is simply super."
  • "A callback on these tabs functions would be great, because I could call the initialize script after it's been loaded."