initiative

Initiative is all about taking charge. An initiative is the first in a series of actions. Initiative can also mean a personal quality that shows a willingness to get things done and take responsibility.

An initiative is the start of something, with the hope that it will continue. Government and business start initiatives all the time. You can also talk about initiative as a personal quality. A person with initiative is motivated to do things. If you take the initiative, you're willing to get things done on your own. Taking initiative can be risky: If you do something on your own initiative, then there's nobody you can blame if it goes wrong.

Definitions of initiative
  1. noun
    readiness to embark on bold new ventures
    synonyms: enterprise, enterprisingness, go-ahead
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    type of:
    drive
    the trait of being highly motivated
  2. noun
    a new strategy or plan to solve a problem or improve a situation
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    type of:
    plan of action
    a plan for actively doing something
  3. noun
    the first of a series of actions
    synonyms: first step, opening, opening move
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    types:
    curtain raiser
    any preliminary activity
    first base
    the initial stage in accomplishing something
    peace initiative
    opening move in negotiating a peace treaty
    type of:
    beginning, commencement, start
    the act of starting something
  4. adjective
    serving to set in motion
    “the initiative phase in the negotiations”
    synonyms: first, inaugural, initiatory, maiden
    opening
    first or beginning
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