in·​au·​gu·​ra·​tion | \i-ˌnȯ-gyə-ˈrā-shən, -gə-\

Definition of inauguration 

: an act of inaugurating especially : a ceremonial induction into office

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Examples of inauguration in a Sentence

the pomp and circumstance of a presidential inauguration

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The protests that followed Trump’s inauguration were the largest mass demonstrations in American history. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The lesson of the midterms: resistance works," 7 Nov. 2018 The statements were recorded on the day of Murphy’s inauguration in January. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "New Jersey governor calls on sheriff to resign after 'appalling' racially charged remarks captured on tape," 21 Sep. 2018 Then, what really happened was in January of 2017, right after Trump’s inauguration, MSNBC extended their weekend programming hours. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "How I became a journalist for the younger generation: 'Stay Tuned' host Savannah Sellers," 10 July 2018 The trend began in 2017, after Trump’s inauguration. Michael Hiltzik,, "Trump's own figures show that Obamacare is working well for the vast majority of enrollees," 3 July 2018 As a result, Mr Putin’s main message—both in his pre-election state-of-the-nation address and in his inauguration speech—was a promise to concentrate on technological modernisation, while maintaining tight control over politics. The Economist, "Fresh challenges for Vladimir Putin in his supposedly final term," 10 May 2018 Kucinich lauded Trump's inauguration speech on Twitter, a message the Democrat has since deleted. Jason Williams,, "PX column: Could guy who defends Trump, sees UFOs, meets with dictators win big Ohio race?," 27 Mar. 2018 During his inauguration speech, Evans pledged to double the private university’s endowment over the next decade and announced the endowment of a new scholarship for high-performing, low-income students. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "UIW inaugurates Evans as 10th president," 22 Mar. 2018 The first march in January 2017 protested President Donald Trump's inauguration. Amy Dickinson,, "Grieving parent wonders how to respond," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of inauguration

1569, in the meaning defined above

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in·​au·​gu·​ra·​tion | \i-ˌnȯ-gyə-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of inauguration

: an act or ceremony of introducing into office a president's inauguration

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