in·​au·​gu·​ra·​tion | \ i-ˌnȯ-gyə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce inauguration (audio) , -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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In 1905, Theodore Roosevelt paraded Geronimo through the streets of Washington for his presidential inauguration. Matthew Farwell, The New Republic, "America’s Once and Future Concentration Camp," 3 July 2019 And going even further back, Hillary Clinton wore white to Trump's inauguration. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Why Is Everyone Wearing White for Trump's Visit to the U.K.?," 3 June 2019 But LaRose, who also helped organize Trump’s January 2017 inauguration in Washington, D.C., told reporters not to read into his decision politically. Andrew J. Tobias,, "Ohio’s Secretary of State says he’s not endorsing anyone in 2020," 18 June 2019 Congress originally appropriated roughly $20 million for Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017, records show. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: Trump still owes D.C. $7 million for inauguration," 14 June 2019 In a brief moment away, Garcia reflected on the inauguration and his path forward. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Amid chants of 'Si se puede,' community activists Guardado and Garcia take seats on Phoenix City Council," 6 June 2019 For the American right, Donald Trump’s inauguration as the forty-fifth president of the United States was a moment of political rebirth. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 Etheridge came out at the Triangle Ball after President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. Patrick Gomez,, "See EW's LGBTQ issue cover stars in a special photo shoot honoring 50th anniversary of Stonewall," 5 June 2019 The budget for CNPq, which supports the scholarships of 80,000 Brazilians, had already been drastically cut earlier this year shortly after Bolsonaro's inauguration. Shannon Sims, National Geographic, "Brazil slashes funding to scientists. The planet may suffer.," 19 Apr. 2019

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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 How to pronounce inauguration (audio) \

Kids Definition of inauguration

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

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