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American English: /ɪˈnɪʃ(i)ədɪv/
British English: /ɪˈnɪʃətɪv/

Translation of initiative in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable (independence of mind) she's got initiative
    tiene iniciativa
    on one's own initiative
    por iniciativa propia
    (de) motu proprio
    Example sentences
    • Answering the 41 questions on this American ‘career advancement test’ is intended to determine your drive, initiative and ability to take on responsibility.
    • The skills they need include creativity and initiative, the ability to make decisions and solve problems, and a knack for working with others.
    • The interviewer is looking for your ability to show initiative, take responsibility and communicate.
  • 2 uncountable (power to initiate) to take the initiative
    tomar la iniciativa
    Example sentences
    • By not immediately pressing them in their retreat from the village, he lost both the initiative and an opportunity to finally curb the tribesmen and end the war.
    • Lynx were ahead after 50 minutes but surrendered the initiative and despite laying siege to the Swinton try line in the closing stages they were unable to claim victory.
    • Ireland had not played particularly well in that first half, had forced a dream start but quickly lost the initiative as they allowed their insecurities and nervousness to manifest itself into their play.
  • 3 countable (move, measure)
    Example sentences
    • Residents in one tenement in Edinburgh's Polwarth area which is managed by the scheme said the initiative had helped resolve anxieties about major structural work.
    • The strategic initiative will include a two-stage approach to move to the full globalization of the market for top-level domains.
    • The policy initiative includes measures to improve the investment climate in the country and the launching of a new investment law.
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