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 inaugurate (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 Standing at the entryway of the building, the master of macabre rock pulled out a switchblade and sliced a strip of black tape to inaugurate the new attraction. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 24 Sep. 2021 Yes, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson flew to space this summer to inaugurate their space-tourism businesses and show off their high-flying services to their future customers, who will enrich the men even further. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2021 Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will travel to Bahrain on Thursday to inaugurate the new embassy in the capital, Manama, as ties with Gulf Arab states gain pace. Daniel Avis, Bloomberg.com, 29 Sep. 2021 On Friday, Tokyo will inaugurate another Summer Olympics, after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Times, 22 July 2021 The Jupiter is said to have been the first locomotive to pass over these connecting rails which linked the East and West to inaugurate a great step in transportation which was to unite the nation. Wayne Whittaker, Popular Mechanics, 26 Aug. 2021 Its face was fantastically flat: an easy exterior on which to inaugurate the drill. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 12 Aug. 2021 In 2015, it was used to inaugurate the new Suez Canal. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 28 July 2021 Iran now appears poised to take an even tougher approach with the West as the country prepares to inaugurate a hard-line protege of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as president next week. Arkansas Online, 31 July 2021

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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 16 Oct. 2021.

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inaugurate

verb

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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