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.
See also: initiative, take

take the initiative

to be the first one to do something She wanted to move, to take the initiative, to give him a big hug.
Usage notes: often said about an effort to solve a problem: Parents need to take the initiative with their children's after-school programs.
See also: initiative, take

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.
See also: initiative, take