Definition of inaugurate
1 : to induct into an office with suitable ceremonies
2a : to dedicate ceremoniously : observe formally the beginning of inaugurate a new schoolb : to bring about the beginning of
inauguratorplay \i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrā-tər -gə-ˌrā-\ noun
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 of inaugurate from the Web
In concert with the opening of the new concourse, Southwest is inaugurating four flights from Fort Lauderdale Sunday, to Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Cancun, Mexico; and Belize City Belize.
A new museum at the catacombs will be inaugurated in June, gathering objects dating from the second to the fifth century from various catacombs in Rome.
South Koreans elected Moon, a liberal, on May 9; he was inaugurated one day later.
At a private dinner shortly before he was inaugurated, Trump took aim at his incoming vice president and his incoming secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.
Monday's missile launch was the third since South Korea's President Moon Jae-in was inaugurated on May 10.
Monday’s launch was the third ballistic missile launch by North Korea since South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in was inaugurated on May 10.
Inspired by the mausoleum to Mausolus, King of Caria, at Halicarnassus in Turkey, the shrine was inaugurated in November 1934.
Roseau Inaugurated in 1997, the World Creole Music Festival celebrates French-Caribbean genres including Dominica's indigenous lilting cadence-lypso and propulsive bouyon, zouk from neighboring Guadeloupe and Martinique and Haitian kompa.
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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
First Known Use: 1606See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of inaugurate
INAUGURATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of inaugurate for Students
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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