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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Other Words from inaugurate

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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This weekend, Hollowell helps to inaugurate Pace Gallery’s astonishingly vast new Chelsea headquarters alongside David Hockney, Fred Wilson, and works by Alexander Calder and the photographer Peter Hujar. Marley Marius, Vogue, "You’ll Want to Pay Close Attention at Plumb Line, Loie Hollowell’s New Pace Gallery Show," 13 Sep. 2019 Flying nonstop aboard Air France Flight 1041 from New York’s JFK to Paris on the evening of Jan. 18, 2017, 48 hours before Donald Trump was to be inaugurated as the country’s 45th president. Audrey Edwards, Washington Post, "The case for fleeing Trump’s America," 6 Sep. 2019 The initiative joins two other stations that were inaugurated in collaboration with the school district: the Innovation Station and the Energy Station — both located at public libraries in Chula Vista. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Center for Chula Vista students fosters learning about water," 19 Aug. 2019 Just the day before, López Obrador led a ceremony to inaugurate the new National Guard, which then deployed into the city streets where Mexicans continue to call for justice. Madeleine Wattenbarger, The New Republic, "Did the Mexican People Really Win?," 5 July 2019 Burke said as the company inaugurated its 16th factory in France at a site near the city of Angers. Robert Williams, Fortune, "China’s ‘Exceptional’ Luxury Fashion Demand Spurs Louis Vuitton to Add Jobs in France," 5 Sep. 2019 The rise in gang crimes began in the same month that the Special Operations Unit was inaugurated, according to a month-by-month breakdown of gang incidents provided by police. Los Angeles Times, "Gang crimes jump in San Diego," 3 Sep. 2019 The rise in gang crimes began in the same month that the Special Operations Unit was inaugurated, according to a month-by-month breakdown of gang incidents provided by police. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gang crimes spike in San Diego," 3 Sep. 2019 The Obamas welcomed male pup Bo to their family in 2009, shortly after Barack Obama was inaugurated for the first time. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Michelle Obama Shares Pics of Bo and Sunny on National Dog Day: 'I Love These Two Balls of Fur'," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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