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

n readiness to embark on bold new ventures

enterprise, enterprisingness, go-ahead
Type of:
the trait of being highly motivated

n the first of a series of actions

first step, opening, opening move
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

adj serving to set in motion

“the initiative phase in the negotiations”
first, inaugural, initiatory, maiden
first or beginning

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