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inaugurate

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verb in·au·gu·rate \i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrāt, -gə-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of inaugurate

  • : to introduce (someone, such as a newly elected official) into a job or position with a formal ceremony

  • : to celebrate the fact that something (such as a new hospital or school) is officially ready to be used

  • : to be the beginning of (something, such as a period of time)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inaugurate

inaugurated

inaugurating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to induct into an office with suitable ceremonies

  3. 2 a :  to dedicate ceremoniously :  observe formally the beginning of <inaugurate a new school> b :  to bring about the beginning of

inaugurator

play \-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of inaugurate in a sentence

  1. They inaugurated the new headquarters with a brief ceremony.

  2. <inaugurated the college's athletic program for women>



Origin and Etymology of inaugurate

Latin inauguratus, past participle of inaugurare, literally, to practice augury, from in- + augurare to augur; from the rites connected with augury


First Known Use: 1606

Synonym Discussion of inaugurate

begin, commence, start, initiate, inaugurate, usher in mean to take the first step in a course, process, or operation. begin , start , and commence are often interchangeable. begin, opposed to end, is the most general <begin a trip> <began dancing>. start, opposed to stop, applies especially to first actions, steps, or stages <the work started slowly>. commence can be more formal or bookish than begin or start <commence firing> <commenced a conversation>. initiate implies taking a first step in a process or series that is to continue <initiated diplomatic contacts>. inaugurate suggests a beginning of some formality or notion of significance <the discovery of penicillin inaugurated a new era in medicine>. usher in is somewhat less weighty than inaugurate <ushered in a period of economic decline>.

INAUGURATE Defined for Kids

inaugurate

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verb in·au·gu·rate \i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrāt\

Definition of inaugurate for Students

inaugurated

inaugurating

  1. 1 :  to introduce into office with suitable ceremonies <He was inaugurated as president.>

  2. 2 :  to celebrate the opening of <The town inaugurated a new library.>

  3. 3 :  to bring about the beginning of <The company will inaugurate a new plan.>





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