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Meaning of initialize

in•i•tial•ize

Pronunciation: (i-nish'u-līz"), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to set (variables, counters, switches, etc.) to their starting values at the beginning of a program or subprogram.
  2. to clear (internal memory, a disk, etc.) of previous data in preparation for use.
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