Definition of initially in English:



  • [usually sentence adverb] At first.

    ‘initially, he thought the new concept was nonsense’
    • ‘She had initially banned the event because of concern it would damage the grass.’
    • ‘Detectives initially drew a blank as no one of that name was registered missing.’
    • ‘The White House had initially planned to announce the new agency this coming autumn.’
    • ‘He initially told police he had bought the victim's goods from a homeless person.’
    • ‘This lack of any Conservative alternative to the council tax initially puzzled me.’
    • ‘Any such problems should have been ironed out initially and not when the job is nearly complete.’
    • ‘As much as they were scared initially they were also inspired by the strength they witnessed.’
    • ‘The groups had initially considered paying increased rent to cover the shortfall.’
    • ‘The book didn't have as much of a lasting impression on me as I had initially hoped, sadly.’
    • ‘The teenager had wanted a home birth but her partner had initially been worried.’
    • ‘He arrived at the building to see what he initially thought was falling debris.’
    • ‘The crowd had initially seemed peaceful when it gathered to protest about a lack of jobs in the town.’
    • ‘Those who initially dismissed the whole thing as a fad are now buying the books to see what the fuss is about.’
    • ‘The provision was initially put in place to protect trade in neighbouring towns.’
    • ‘Both skills were initially learned so that he could earn money and continue painting.’
    • ‘The presentation had initially been planned to announce the results of the report.’
    • ‘We thought initially that it would be best for him to leave but he wanted to stay here.’
    • ‘Moments of panic followed later that night when it initially appeared the ink would not come off.’
    • ‘I think I found it hard to like the album initially precisely because it's so varied.’
    • ‘His condition was initially described as serious, but he was allowed to go home on Monday.’
    at first, at the start, at the outset, at the beginning, in the beginning, to begin with, to start with, originally, in the early stages, in the first instance
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