1 new plan
fresh, new

fresh initiatives to find a peaceful end to the conflict

innovative, pioneering

pioneering initiatives in bioengineering

current, latest, recent
important, major
bold, exciting
collaborative, cooperative, joint
global, international, local, national, regional, statewide (AmE)
federal (AmE), government, presidential (AmE)
business, e-business, e-commerce, marketing
diplomatic, economic, legislative, peace, policy, political
safety, training
development, research
education, educational, health
conservation, environmental
faith-based (esp. AmE)
community-based (esp. AmE)
ballot (AmE)
range, series

The research initiative is being undertaken by a group of environmentalists.

announce, unveil
create, implement, introduce, launch, set up, start

The government has launched a new policy initiative.

be involved in

Ten schools have been involved in the initiative.

become involved in, get involved in
lead, spearhead
approve, pass
defeat, reject

The peace initiative was rejected out of hand.

fund, sponsor

a peace initiative sponsored by the Organization of African Unity

back, endorse, support

The committee endorsed an initiative by the chairman to enter discussion about a possible merger.

promote, push

We welcome the government's initiative to help the homeless.

be aimed at sth, be designed to

a local initiative aimed at economic regeneration

an initiative designed to promote collaborative research

seek to do sth
focus on sth
include sth, involve sth, relate to sth
fail, founder

The initiative foundered because there was no market interest in redevelopment.

initiative against

a new initiative against car theft

initiative by

the latest initiative by the UN Secretary General

initiative for

an initiative for peace and human rights

initiative on

the government's major new initiative on crime

2 ability to decide/act independently
great, real
individual, personal, private

It is a very hierarchical company and there's little place for individual initiative.


He had the initiative to ask what time the last train left.

display, show
act on your own, use, work on your own

He acted on his own initiative and wasn't following orders.

Don't ask me what you should do all the time. Use your initiative!

encourage, promote

Raising taxes on small businesses will stifle initiative.

on sb's initiative

The project was set up on the initiative of a local landowner.

initiative in

Some scientists show little initiative in applying their knowledge.

a lack of initiative, on your own initiative

In an unprecedented action, the army, on its own initiative, arrested seven civilians.

3 the initiative opportunity to gain an advantage
have, hold

After their latest setback, the rebel forces no longer hold the initiative.

gain, seize, take
maintain, retain

She then regained the initiative in winning the third game.

come from sb/sth, lie with sb

The initiative to reopen negotiations came from Moscow.

initiative in

She took the initiative in asking the board to conduct an enquiry.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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  • Initiative — Initiative …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • initiative — [ inisjativ ] n. f. • 1567, rare av. fin XVIIIe; du lat. initiare « initier », en bas lat. « commencer » 1 ♦ Action d une personne qui est la première à proposer, entreprendre, organiser qqch. Prendre l initiative d une démarche (⇒ entreprendre,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • initiative — i‧ni‧tia‧tive [ɪˈnɪʆətɪv] noun 1. [uncountable] the ability to make decisions and take action without waiting for someone to tell you what to do: • He encourages initiative and new ideas. • You must be prepared to work on your own initiative. 2.… …   Financial and business terms

  • initiative — ini·tia·tive /i ni shə tiv, shē ə tiv/ n 1: the esp. introductory series of steps taken to cause a desired result the deposing party would ordinarily be required to take the initiative in arranging a deposition Andrews v. Bradshaw, 895 P.2d 973… …   Law dictionary

  • Initiative — In*i ti*a*tive, n. [Cf. F. initiative.] 1. An introductory step or movement; an act which originates or begins. [1913 Webster] The undeveloped initiatives of good things to come. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. The right or power to introduce a new… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Initiative — Sf std. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. initiative (législative) Vorschlagsrecht (für Gesetze), Gesetzesinitiative , zu frz. initier einführen, den Anfang machen, einweihen , aus l. initiāre, zu l. initium n. Anfang, Eingang, Ursprung ,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • initiative — 1793, that which begins, also power of initiating, from Fr. initiative (1560s), from L. initiatus (see INITIATION (Cf. initiation)). First attested in English in writings of William Godwin. Phrase take the initiative recorded by 1844 …   Etymology dictionary

  • initiative — ► NOUN 1) the ability to act independently and with a fresh approach. 2) the power or opportunity to act before others do. 3) a new development or fresh approach to a problem. ● on one s own initiative Cf. ↑on one s own initiative …   English terms dictionary

  • Initiative — »erster Anstoß zu einer Handlung; Entschlusskraft, Unternehmungsgeist«: Das Wort wurde im 18. Jh. aus frz. initiative entlehnt, einem staatsrechtlichen Begriff mit der Bed. »Vorschlagsrecht«, wie er noch heute in der Schweiz gilt. Die allgemeine… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Initiative — In*i ti*a*tive, a. [Cf. F. initiatif.] Serving to initiate; inceptive; initiatory; introductory; preliminary. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Initiatīve — (v. lat.), 1) das Recht, etwas anzutragen, vorzuschlagen; 2) Einleitung zu einer Sache; 3) nach den Begriffen des constitutionellen Staatsrechts das Recht, der Volksvertretung einen Gesetzesentwurf zur Berathung vorzulegen. Die I. unterscheidet… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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