Definition of inaugurate
1 : to induct into an office with suitable ceremonies
2a : to dedicate ceremoniously : observe formally the beginning of inaugurate a new schoolb : to bring about the beginning of
inauguratorplay \i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrā-tər -gə-ˌrā-\ noun
Examples of inaugurate in a Sentence
They inaugurated the new headquarters with a brief ceremony.
inaugurated the college's athletic program for women
Recent Examples of inaugurate from the Web
Then there is the challenge of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a vast network of trade routes inaugurated by President Xi in 2013.
Even before Trump was inaugurated in January, Republicans had debated and ultimately discarded the idea of repealing the overhaul before replacing it, concluding that both must happen simultaneously.
In 1916, the North Sea overwhelmed the Dutch coastline, inaugurating a spate of protective construction that failed to hold back the water in 1953 when an overnight storm killed more than 1,800 people.
Despite uncertainty on how the Trump administration will renegotiate the U.S. role in the North American Free Trade Agreement, two-way trade between Texas and Mexico has continued to flourish since the president was inaugurated in January.
The day after President Trump was inaugurated in Washington, an estimated 3.2 million people in cities across the country took to the streets for the Women’s March, the largest coordinated demonstration an incoming president has ever faced.
Currently, MSC has orders with STX France for two ships, to be inaugurated in 2022 and 2024, with options for two more ships in 2025 and 2026.
Coincident with the period of physical examination, the system of voluntary induction was inaugurated.
In concert with the opening of the new concourse, Southwest is inaugurating four flights from Fort Lauderdale Sunday, to Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Cancun, Mexico; and Belize City Belize.
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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: 1606See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of inaugurate
INAUGURATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inaugurate for English Language Learners
: 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)
INAUGURATE Defined for Kids
Definition of inaugurate for Students
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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