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Initial – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the academic word list is:



  • the key forms of this word you need to be able to use are: initial and initially, though you should also be able to use the related word initiate
  • initial is a close synonym of first and is particularly found in phrases such as the initial stage/cost
  • initially is similar in meaning to to begin with or at first 
  • initial does also work as a verb with the meaning of writing your initials on a document
  • if you are looking for a verb meaning to start, you need initiate – although this is quite a formal word and is used in phrases such as the government have initiated the process


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One Response to Initial – IELTS word of the day

  1. alex July 19, 2012 at 1:38 am #

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