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initiative, take the initiative in

The phrase take the initiative means to begin an action or to take charge of a matter or situation.

  • This project will founder without your leadership. Can I count on you to take the initiative?

The phrase is usually followed by the preposition in.

  • Governments must take the initiative in protecting the environment.