Definition of inaugurate
- inaugurate a new school
They inaugurated the new headquarters with a brief ceremony.
inaugurated the college's athletic program for women
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First Known Use: 1606See Words from the same year
: 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)
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