French translation of 'initiative'
1. (= idea, measure) initiative f
a peace initiative une initiative de paix
a diplomatic initiative une initiative diplomatique
to take the initiative prendre l’initiative
2. (= resourcefulness) initiative f
his lack of initiative son manque d’initiative
She’s got initiative. Elle fait preuve d’initiative. ⧫ Elle a de l’initiative.
He’s got no initiative. Il n’a aucune initiative.
to use one’s initiative faire preuve d’initiative
As a soldier you have to use your initiative. En tant que soldat, vous devez faire preuve d’initiative.
on one’s own initiative de sa propre initiative
to act on one’s own initiative agir de sa propre initiative
to have the initiative to do sth avoir assez d’initiative pour faire qch
3. (= upper hand) initiative f
to have the initiative avoir l’initiative
We have the initiative and we intend to keep it. Nous avons l’initiative et nous entendons la conserver.
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Example Sentences Including 'initiative'
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Interest in green electricity has increased with the help of government initiatives.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The initiatives introduced with the help of the Co-operative College proved transformational.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
The move comes amid fears that neither government action nor industry initiatives are bringing about the regulatory reform or voluntary action needed for a sustainable future.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
The network has also inspired employees to seize the initiative.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Their willingness to seize the initiative sets them apart from their contemporaries.Going For It!: How to Succeed As an Entrepreneur (1986)
There may be some sound reasons for the scepticism about green initiatives.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
We need a programme of initiatives and of actions.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Companies putting together enterprise architecture initiatives should take some tips from their design team, say research firm Gartner.Computing (2010)
There is a perception that green initiatives cost money.Computing (2010)
This is addressing firms that want to expand their supercomputer clusters, and also want to be part of a green initiative.Computing (2010)
This comprehensive peace initiative was kept secret in both Germany and Britain.THE HITLER-HESS DECEPTION (2003)
We were convinced that our government must intend some diplomatic initiative which would save the situation before it became catastrophic.Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 194445 (2007)
All the crew had to do was take the initiative and push the nose of the plane downward to get their speed up.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
GOVERNMENT policy initiatives sometimes appear to be one step forward and one step back.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
Take the initiative and set them straight.The Sun (2015)
The initiatives are to begin in the new year.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
The questions come against a background of public money being lavished on green initiatives.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
There will also be initiatives to help students to build careers in the sector.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Washington's peace initiative was more altruistic.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
You will be astounded to hear the initiative was taken by an entrepreneur wishing to boost the sale of postage stamps.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The rally car enthusiast has also shown he is capable of taking the initiative when it matters.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
These initiatives are the first steps in that process.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
An environment minister announced a new initiative yesterday to help bees by planting flowers that thrive in the winter.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
And it needs effort to take the initiative.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Did it signal an endorsement of the Arab peace initiative?Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Game campaign, an initiative intended to promote better understanding between players and officials.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
He also begins an initiative to make antibiotics from jungle plants.The Sun (2012)
It is irrelevant which party proposed which initiative; what matters is the common underlying approach.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The rebels have said they lack the weapons they need to regain the initiative in the war.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
The speech is an attempt to regain the initiative after criticism of his handling of a shadow cabinet reshuffle.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
There are many new initiatives raising awareness of this tragic disease.The Sun (2012)
A new initiative hopes so.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
To turn the tide, the previous government introduced a brilliant initiative.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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'initiative' in Other Languages
British English: initiative /ɪˈnɪʃɪətɪv; -ˈnɪʃətɪv/ NOUN
An initiative is an important act intended to solve a problem.
There's talk of a new peace initiative.
- American English: initiative
- Arabic: مُبَادَرَةٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: iniciativa
- Chinese: 动议
- Croatian: inicijativa
- Czech: iniciativa
- Danish: initiativ
- Dutch: initiatief
- European Spanish: iniciativa
- Finnish: aloite
- French: initiative
- German: Initiative
- Greek: πρωτοβουλία
- Italian: iniziativa
- Japanese: イニシアチブ
- Korean: 개시
- Norwegian: initiativ
- Polish: inicjatywa
- European Portuguese: iniciativa
- Romanian: inițiativă
- Russian: инициатива
- Spanish: iniciativa
- Swedish: initiativ
- Thai: การริเริ่ม
- Turkish: girişim inisiyatif
- Ukrainian: ініціатива
- Vietnamese: sáng kiến
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Translation of initiative from the Collins English to French Dictionary