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
Recent Examples on the Web Unknown assailants gunned down Lipolelo Thabane outside her house in June 2017, just two days before her estranged husband was inaugurated for his second term as PM. David Mckenzie And Brent Swails, CNN, "High-level murder investigation grips tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho," 12 Feb. 2020 The first lady of Lesotho was charged with murdering her husband’s former wife, who was shot just days before the prime minister was inaugurated. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "First lady of Lesotho charged with murdering husband's ex-wife," 5 Feb. 2020 Mao Zedong, who inaugurated the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, is believed to have read Romance of the Three Kingdoms obsessively as a boy. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Taiwan’s Election Rebuked Xi Jinping," 23 Jan. 2020 In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first chief executive to be inaugurated on Jan. 20 instead of March 4. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 19 Jan. 2020 In January of this year, the situation in Venezuela disintegrated as Maduro prepared to be formally inaugurated for another term. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s lawyer and the Venezuelan president: How Giuliani got involved in back-channel talks with Maduro," 29 Dec. 2019 In January of this year, the situation in Venezuela disintegrated as Maduro prepared to be formally inaugurated for another term. Washington Post, "Trump’s lawyer and the Venezuelan president: How Giuliani got involved in back-channel talks with Maduro," 29 Dec. 2019 Smith joined Belfry’s Philip Haywood as the only five-time winners of the CJ award, which was inaugurated in 1944. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Before he retires, Boyle County's Chuck Smith picks up one more coach of the year honor," 20 Dec. 2019 Under Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing president of Brazil who was inaugurated in January, the Amazon appears to be rushing towards that tipping point. The Economist, "Deforestation in the Amazon may soon begin to feed on itself," 15 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inaugurate. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for inaugurate

inaugurate

verb
How to pronounce inaugurate (audio)

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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