auspicate

transitive verb
aus·​pi·​cate | \ ˈȯspəˌkāt \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of auspicate

1 archaic : to indicate in advance as though by an omen : portend, augur
2 : to initiate or enter upon especially under circumstances or with a procedure (such as drinking a toast) calculated to ensure prosperity and good luck auspicating the trip with a cocktail

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History and Etymology for auspicate

Latin auspicatus, past participle of auspicari to take auspices, from auspic-, auspex

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“Auspicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/auspicate. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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