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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Since his inauguration in January, deforestation and fires - many of them started by farmers and loggers to clear land - have surged. Anchorage Daily News, "Brazil’s president walks back rejection of Amazon fire aid," 27 Aug. 2019 Since its inauguration in 1986, passengers who come ashore have not been subject to customs or immigration controls. The Economist, "Cruise-line companies are building private Caribbean play zones," 8 Aug. 2019 Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying about his contacts with Russians in the months between Donald Trump’s election and his inauguration in a separate case brought by then-special counsel Robert Mueller. Washington Post, "Michael Flynn won’t testify at ex-business partner’s trial," 9 July 2019 Trump’s abandonment of those principles has been on view since his inauguration. Trudy Rubin,, "U.S. withdrawal from U.N. Human Rights Council reflects Trump hypocrisy | Trudy Rubin," 20 June 2018 In her 2011 inauguration speech, Harris pointed out that in 2010 there were 600,000 truant students in their elementary schools alone. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Kamala Harris' Attorney General Record, Explained," 16 Aug. 2019 Maxmin notes that the blue dress in the new Trump sculpture, which is based on the Ralph Lauren outfit the first lady wore in the 2017 inauguration of her husband as president, also has historical echoes. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The new Melania Trump statue in Slovenia as interpreted by art experts," 21 July 2019 The last time, according to Stars and Stripes, was the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy in 1961. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "All of the Military Hardware at Washington's 4th of July Event," 4 July 2019 Trump, who officially filed for re-election on the day of his inauguration, is scheduled to next week conduct what could be one of his biggest political rallies yet. NBC News, "Why hasn't the Trump campaign paid all its police security bills?," 13 June 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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