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
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: 1606
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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