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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Even that agreement fell apart soon after President Bush was inaugurated, after the United States and South Korea caught the North secretly pursuing uranium enrichment, one of the two pathways to building a nuclear weapon. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "U.S. Nuclear Talks With North Korea Break Down in Hours," 5 Oct. 2019 The show staged its world premiere in 2016 at Berkeley Repertory and debuted off-Broadway at New York’s Public Theater in 2017, just two months after President Trump was inaugurated. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "John Leguizamo changed his show to target Trump. Why the comedian has changed it back," 30 Sep. 2019 Minutes away from Biden's new office, Pete Buttigieg's campaign manager Mike Schmuhl also Monday was inaugurating their third location in the state. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "Joe Biden's sister dismisses calls for Justice Kavanaugh's impeachment," 17 Sep. 2019 The ABC Board is inaugurating tomorrow a new way for patrons to take part in limited release events. William Thornton |, al, "ABC Board to conduct limited release sweepstakes," 31 July 2019 The Portland school board will inaugurate three new members on Tuesday, inducting two longtime public servants and a pastor to its ranks., "Meet the Portland school board’s 3 newest members," 27 June 2019 And this inaugurated one of the great runs in tennis, if not in all of sports. Jon Wertheim And Jacob Feldman,, "The Incomparable Life and Mysterious Death of Suzanne Lenglen," 27 June 2019 Turkey also inaugurated regular Turkey–Africa summits, twice in Istanbul and once in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. Michael Rubin, National Review, "Turkey’s Africa Strategy Threatens to Breed Islamist Extremism," 26 June 2019 El Gran Combo, which is the oldest and best salsa band from the island, just inaugurated the space earlier this spring, but there's always [a performance] going on. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Lin-Manuel Miranda: "I'll Always Bring My Work to Puerto Rico"," 11 June 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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The first known use of inaugurate was in 1606

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13 Nov 2019

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“Inaugurate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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 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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