take the initiative


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take the initiative (to do something)

to activate oneself to do something even if one has not been asked to do it. The door hinges squeak because no one will take the initiative to oil them. Sometimes, in order to get things done, you have to take the initiative.
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take the initiative

Begin a task or plan of action, as in The boss was on vacation when they ran out of materials, so Julie took the initiative and ordered more . This term uses initiative in the sense of "the power to originate something," a usage dating from the late 1700s.
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take the iˈnitiative

lead people by being the first to act in a situation: France took the initiative in the peace talks.California took the initiative in banning smoking in public places.
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