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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inaugurator \ i-​ˈnȯ-​gyə-​ˌrā-​tər -​gə-​ˌrā-​ How to pronounce inaugurator (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 Collins also will inaugurate the latest revival, with a free online reading and discussion on Oct. 1. Matthew J. Palm,, "Publisher revives shuttered Winter Park Institute," 17 Aug. 2020 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was due Monday to inaugurate the new bridge, which was designed by star architect Renzo Piano and was built in little more than a year. ... Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Italy to Open New Bridge, Two Years After Deadly Collapse," 3 Aug. 2020 Bolsonaro then flew to Bahia state to inaugurate a new public water supply system. Ricardo Coletta, Star Tribune, "First Bolsonaro trip since recovery aims at opponents' votes," 30 July 2020 The visit was intended to improve Bolsonaro´s political relations with regional authorities, and to inaugurate a water system in Campo Alegre de Lourdes, a small town in the northeast state of Bahia, a region known for severe droughts. Rodrigo Pedroso And Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Brazilian President Bolsonaro says he has 'mold' in his lungs after Covid-19 infection," 31 July 2020 Justin Trudeau declined to attend a trilateral summit in Washington this week to inaugurate the new trade pact between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Fortune, "Justin Trudeau will not attend new NAFTA summit in U.S. this week," 6 July 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has inaugurated a time of chaos and change, for the comic book industry as much as anyone else. Christian Holub,, "What quarantine innovations can tell us about the future of comics," 28 May 2020 The New Deal—which also created the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), to guarantee mortgages with banks, and the US Housing Authority, to build public housing—inaugurated the golden era of homeownership and middle-class prosperity. Francesca Mari, The New York Review of Books, "The Housing Vultures," 27 May 2020 Trading on the New York Stock Exchange was once again halted on Wednesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average officially erased all of its gains since President Trump was inaugurated. TheWeek, "The Dow Jones has erased all of its gains since Trump became president," 18 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of inaugurate was in 1606

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“Inaugurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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)


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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