Definition of initialize in English:


(British initialise)


[with object]Computing
  • 1often be initialized toSet to the value or put in the condition appropriate to the start of an operation.

    ‘the counter is initialized to one’
    • ‘A pointer that you use to iterate in a buffer also has value semantics - you initialize it to point to the beginning of the buffer, and you bump it until you reach the end.’
    • ‘Instead, the/dev directory is created when the operating system is initialized on the machine, populating the/dev directory with all known possible names.’
    • ‘The squad table is initialized to a reasonable set of default values.’
    • ‘Because the hooks are embedded in the kernel and are called even before a security module is installed, this structure is initialized to a set of functions provided by a dummy security module.’
    • ‘During playback, artificial headers are injected as appropriate for initializing the decoder for playback of the complex asset.’
    operate, switch on, turn on, start, start off, start up, set going, get going, trigger off, trigger, trip, set in motion, actuate, initiate, energize, animate
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  • 2Format (a computer disk).

    • ‘The second issue was a recent case where I was using a 925 board to build a media center box and the driver disk refused to initialize.’
    • ‘The disc may be initialized without a SSA for real-time video and audio recording and use of a cartridge.’