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take the initiative

To instigate some action, task, or plan; to be the first to act or do something. If you notice that something isn't working, please take the initiative to fix it. The boss was impressed with how Mary took the initiative with the project.
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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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References in classic literature ?
The naval officer took the initiative in calling upon me, and his frankness was such that he told me all about his father, his mother, his sister (who is married to a lawyer of Tula), and the town of Kronstadt.
This time his bilious green eye took the initiative, and set his bilious brown eye the example of recovered serenity.
At length, Blanche took the initiative in explaining matters.
I think every one was a little surprised that it should be he and not one of the official detectives who took the initiative.
The chief minister said his government took the initiative to promote farming of peas over potatoes so that the farmers could get more benefit.
When the merger happened, l got a call from him saying he was impressed with me, and I took the initiative to build a relationship with him.
European Commission took the initiative to add Star Jet, also based in Kyrgyzstan, to the blacklist after research indicated it was the same company as Star Air, which was licensed in Sierra Leone and already banned within the European Union.
The commission concluded "beyond any reasonable doubt, that the leaders of the Soviet Union took the initiative to eliminate the pope, Karol Wojtyla.
Ten years ago, the city of Palmdale took the initiative to bring a hospital to Palmdale.
When Israeli cinema chains refused to screen the film, Palestinians took the initiative and held screenings in their own areas.
His main whinge is that Labour politicians took the initiative and the Tories failed to do so.
I am grateful someone took the initiative to start a group like this.
He took the initiative in organizing the Vatican conference.
During my service in the United States Congress," he said, "I took the initiative in creating the Internet.
Unfortunately Towers, as with Wates and Knevitt before him (Community Architecture, Penguin 1987) tends to give the impression that professionals were always in charge and always the people who took the initiative.