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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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

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When Pat Nixon inaugurated the park as a cross-border meeting place in 1971, there was no fence. Gaiutra Bahadur, The New Republic, "The United States’ Debt to Immigrants," 25 June 2019 America was inaugurated, if not to the impeachment of Clinton or to the 1994 congressional election. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Can Joe Biden Be America’s New Great Compromiser?," 21 June 2019 Argentina’s first woman president was inaugurated in 1974, and since then, Latin America has had a significant number of female heads of state. Esther Allen, The New York Review of Books, "Returning the Gaze, with a Vengeance," 8 July 2018 New escalators One of the two new escalators that will take NASCAR fans to the grandstands will be inaugurated this weekend. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "New features debut for NASCAR weekend at Phoenix raceway as part of $178M makeover," 8 Mar. 2018 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet convened in this hamlet Sunday to inaugurate a new settlement named after President Trump in a gesture of appreciation for his recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says supporters might ‘demand’ that he serve more than two terms," 17 June 2019 In 1884, the first telephone line between Boston and New York was inaugurated. azcentral, "AZ Memo: #RedForEd leaders to give teacher demands; Ashley Judd speaks with Republic; border wall barriers not like prototypes," 27 Mar. 2018 The zoo was inaugurated in 1875 on what was then a quiet patch on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Luis Andres Henao, Fox News, "Giraffe, rhino deaths raise alarm at former Buenos Aires zoo," 22 Aug. 2018 The Louvre’s pyramid, designed by Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei and inaugurated on March 29, 1989, has often been the target of complaints or controversy. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Amid gripes, Louvre pyramid celebrates 30 years with collage," 30 Mar. 2019

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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

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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