inaugurate


in·au·gu·rate

verb \i-ˈn-gyə-ˌrāt, -gə-ˌrāt\

: 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)

in·au·gu·rat·edin·au·gu·rat·ing

Full Definition of INAUGURATE

transitive verb
1
:  to induct into an office with suitable ceremonies
2
a :  to dedicate ceremoniously :  observe formally the beginning of <inaugurate a new school>
b :  to bring about the beginning of
in·au·gu·ra·tor \-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of INAUGURATE

  1. They inaugurated the new headquarters with a brief ceremony.
  2. <inaugurated the college's athletic program for women>

Origin 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

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