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To set counters, switches, and addresses to zero or other starting values at the beginning of, or at prescribed points in, a computer routine.
To begin an operation, and more specifically, to adjust the environment to the required starting configuration.
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initializeTo start anew, which typically involves clearing all or some part of memory or disk.
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