inaugurate

verb
in·​au·​gu·​rate | \ i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrāt How to pronounce inaugurate (audio) , -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-​ How to pronounce inaugurator (audio) \ 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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Later this month, international contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth inaugurates its new St. Moritz space with a Louise Bourgeois show. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Biggest Ski News in Europe This Season," 6 Dec. 2018 The diplomatic journey inaugurated the first regular bus service between the two nations. Ashok Sharma, Fox News, "Former Indian PM Vajpayee dies after illness at age 93," 16 Aug. 2018 The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, to strip away long-standing limits on corporate money in politics had inaugurated an era of historic hospitality to politically motivated billionaires. Max Abelson, Bloomberg.com, "Call Him Mr. Impeachment: Tom Steyer’s War Against Donald Trump," 25 Apr. 2018 Then came TrumpSingles, which was released just a few months before the 2016 presidential election and which, according to founder David Goss, gained more than 52,000 members after Trump was inaugurated. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "“For conservatives, by conservatives”: the rise of right-wing dating apps," 26 Dec. 2018 The page was removed in January 2017, soon after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "LGBTQ resources back up on Small Business Administration website," 16 May 2018 Thousands of pink-hat wearing protesters descended on Washington, D.C. and other cities the day after Trump was inaugurated - then many came back a year later. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "If they were in high school, Biden says he would 'beat the hell' out of Trump for disrespecting women," 21 Mar. 2018 Sixty percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, his highest negative rating in the USA TODAY Poll since he was inaugurated last year. Susan Page And Marilyn Icsman, USA TODAY, "Voters vow to elect a Congress that stands up to Trump, poll shows," 1 Mar. 2018 New Jersey After campaigning on a pro-cannabis platform in 2017, Democratic governor Phil Murphy was inaugurated to fill the shoes of his predecessor, Chris Christie, earlier this year. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Marijuana in the 2018 Midterms: A State-by-State Guide," 16 Oct. 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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inaugurate

verb

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)

inaugurate

verb
in·​au·​gu·​rate | \ i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrāt How to pronounce inaugurate (audio) \
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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