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 inaugurate (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 The remaining $130 million will be used to inaugurate an education center called the Bezos Learning Center. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2021 The Israeli Foreign Ministry said Lapid will visit the UAE June 29-30, and will inaugurate an Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi and a consulate in Dubai. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, 21 June 2021 At a recent invitation-only party to inaugurate the restaurant, that bar was filled with young people, standing, drinking and socializing, and indoor tables were full of families and older folks. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 19 May 2021 This motivation gets at why, this summer, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is joining other U.S. museums to inaugurate the first Civic Season. Christopher Wilson, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 June 2021 And more events, including a concert by New York Philharmonic musicians that will inaugurate Lincoln Center’s outdoor programming, are coming soon. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2021 In February 2020, Nadal was given this commemorative sculpture, which appears to show the Spaniard mid-serve, after an exhibition match to inaugurate the Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait in the Kuwaiti capital. Brandon Griggs, CNN, 30 May 2021 The legendary Parisian Palace Ritz will inaugurate a gourmet pastry boutique on June 7, 2021. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Netanyahu, whose tenure may well be extended by the violence, is hardly the leader to inaugurate the necessary changes. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 21 May 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inaugurate. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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