in·​au·​gu·​rate | \i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrāt, -gə-ˌrāt\
inaugurated; inaugurating

Definition of inaugurate 

transitive verb

1 : to induct into an office with suitable ceremonies

2a : to dedicate ceremoniously : observe formally the beginning of inaugurate a new school

b : to bring about the beginning of

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inaugurator \i-​ˈnȯ-​gyə-​ˌrā-​tər -​gə-​ˌrā-​ \ noun

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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

Examples of inaugurate in a Sentence

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

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Mei Xiang was inseminated artificially March 1, inaugurating a suspenseful waiting period. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Giant panda habitat closes as signs increase of possible birth of cub," 25 June 2018 This is harder in the case of a celebrity, but an outlet should try not to use a photograph of the person who has died, because doing so inaugurates a tradition of romantic legacy and extra visibility. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "How not to screw up media coverage of suicides.," 8 June 2018 The vast edifice was built over two earlier churches and inaugurated by Emperor Justinian in 537. Karen Fedorko Sefer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Istanbul," 5 Oct. 2016 The Free Music Archive was founded in 2009, the same year Barack Obama was inaugurated as this country’s first black president. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The Free Music Archive is closing this month," 7 Nov. 2018 Note: This article inaugurates my weekly column on dining culture in the Bay Area. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Instagram making our dim sum better?," 3 May 2018 On the East Coast, a psychologist named Julian Stanley at Johns Hopkins University inaugurated an ambitious talent search to identify middle school math whizzes by giving them the math SAT meant for 12th graders. Ann Hulbert, Time, "What Parents Can Learn From Steve Jobs and Bill Gates About Raising a Prodigy," 10 Jan. 2018 Previous mayors have also opened their office for several hours to the public once they are inaugurated. Trisha Thadani,, "On 1st day, SF Mayor Breed makes herself at home and invites a few friends," 12 July 2018 Trump trotted Harley executives into the White House right after he was inauguratedIn February 2017 just days after his inauguration, President Trump invited Harley-Davidson executives and union representatives to the White House. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump’s Harley-Davidson problem, explained.," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of inaugurate

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inaugurate

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

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English Language Learners 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)


in·​au·​gu·​rate | \i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrāt \
inaugurated; inaugurating

Kids Definition of inaugurate

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

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

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

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