Pronunciation: (i-nish'u-līz"), [key]
—v.t., -ized, -iz•ing. Computers.
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. Also, esp. Brit.,in•i'tial•ise".
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