inaugurate

verb in·au·gu·rate \ i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrāt , -gə-ˌrāt \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of inaugurate

inaugurated; inaugurating
transitive verb
1 : to induct into an office with suitable ceremonies
2 a : to dedicate ceremoniously : observe formally the beginning of
  • inaugurate a new school
b : to bring about the beginning of

inaugurator

play \i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrā-tər -gə-ˌrā-\ noun

Examples of inaugurate in a Sentence

  1. They inaugurated the new headquarters with a brief ceremony.

  2. inaugurated the college's athletic program for women

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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

Synonym Discussion of inaugurate

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

INAUGURATE Defined for English Language Learners

inaugurate

verb

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

inaugurate

verb in·au·gu·rate \ i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrāt \

Definition of inaugurate for Students

inaugurated; inaugurating
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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