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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Medvedev was nominated a day earlier by President Vladimir Putin, who was inaugurated for a fourth term as Russia's president. Fox News, "Russia's Duma approves new prime minister term for Medvedev," 8 May 2018 There was an understandable nervousness in Kyiv as Trump was inaugurated. Nina Jankowicz, The New Republic, "Available in Helsinki: the Fate of Eastern Europe," 13 July 2018 The denials, decided last week, represent the first movements in the Justice Department's clemency caseload since Trump was inaugurated last year, according to the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "After pardoning political allies, Trump quietly denies clemency for 180 others," 24 Apr. 2018 The final unraveling of Kalanick’s reign started the week after Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Uber's New Direction: Move Slow and Test Things," 19 Apr. 2018 The second-in-command, deputy administrator Dava Newman, also left the agency as Trump was inaugurated. Ben Guarino,, "NASA's acting administrator to retire without a clear successor," 12 Mar. 2018 In 1986, Kurt Waldheim was inaugurated as president of Austria despite controversy over his alleged ties to Nazi war crimes., "This day in history," 8 July 2018 Ethiopia has long been criticized for its human rights violations and egregious prison conditions, but a new prime minister inaugurated in April has spoken forcefully against the old ways of doing things. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "Ethiopia fires prison officials for human rights abuses," 5 July 2018 That runway, inaugurated in 2014, has facilitated the airport's rapid growth. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "A million fewer people will fly out of Fort Lauderdale airport next summer. Here's why," 19 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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