verb (used with object), in·i·tial·ized, in·i·tial·iz·ing. Computers.
- to set (variables, counters, switches, etc.) to their starting values at the beginning of a program or subprogram.
- to clear (internal memory, a disk, etc.) of previous data in preparation for use.
- (tr) to assign an initial value to (a variable or storage location) in a computer program