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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January 2017The movement began with rage: a lawyer in Hawaii, Teresa Shook, and a fashion executive in Brooklyn, Bob Bland, took to Facebook to urge friends to protest Donald Trump's inauguration. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "A Timeline of the Women's March Controversy," 18 Jan. 2019 Another question asks what the president may have known about a possible attempt by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to set up a back channel with Russia before Trump's inauguration. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Mueller told Trump legal team a presidential subpoena could be possible, ex-attorney says," 2 Oct. 2018 Who had an appetite, after Trump's inauguration, the women's march, and the #MeToo revelations, for a drama about the exploitation of women? Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "With Season 2, HBO's The Deuce is a Show in Transition—and That's a Good Thing," 19 Sep. 2018 But in the town hall two weeks after President Trump's inauguration, Lafferty laid out a number of policies specifically intended to lower the number of immigrants claiming asylum. NBC News, "Trump admin discussed separating moms, kids to deter asylum seekers in Feb. 2017," 18 June 2018 The series, which premieres Sunday, follows the New York Times' Washington, D.C., and New York City newsrooms in the days and months following President Trump's 2017 inauguration. Lorraine Ali,, "Showtime's ‘The Fourth Estate’ shows how the ‘failing’ New York Times succeeds in the Trump era," 25 May 2018 Franklin Graham was among the clergy who spoke at Trump's inauguration.. Tim Funk, charlotteobserver, "Franklin Graham talks about his last days with Billy Graham and what he misses most | Charlotte Observer," 2 May 2018 The study cites executive orders issued shortly after Trump's inauguration that broadened ICE's ability to apprehend and deport immigrants without criminal convictions. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Kansas immigrants are so 'certain that ICE will come' they fear even leaving home | The Kansas City Star," 19 Apr. 2018 At Trump's inauguration last year, an anti-capitalist and anti-fascist march called J20 resulted in mass arrests, including of journalists, medics, and legal observers. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "The Free Speech Grifters," 19 Mar. 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 How to pronounce inauguration (audio) \

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

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