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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In the 2000s the era of Network Man is inaugurated, led by tech firms seeking to overthrow the old order with platforms that have millions of connected users. The Economist, "Nicholas Lemann traces the history of American corporations," 14 Sep. 2019 The Leagues Cup was inaugurated this summer to provide another opportunity -- after the Campeones Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League -- for MLS teams to test themselves against teams from Mexico’s Liga MX. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Galaxy coach isn’t too broken-hearted over Leagues Cup loss to Cruz Azul," 20 Aug. 2019 That’s below the all-time high of 64.7% in April 2000, though higher than the 59.9% when Trump was inaugurated in January 2017. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Trump administration fact check: Environment, VA, Russia and jobs," 13 July 2019 In January 1993, when Clinton was inaugurated, there were 50 web servers in the entire world. Major Garrett, CBS News, "Analysis: What's missing from the Ross Perot obituaries," 11 July 2019 Barring the real Trump’s departure from the Oval Office, Trump Baby has life left in it at least until January 2021, when the next U.S. president is inaugurated. Richard Morgan, Fortune, "The Story Behind the Baby Trump Balloon," 8 June 2019 The Mercal food market is inaugurated on April 23, 2003. Peter Millard, Bloomberg.com, "A Timeline of Venezuela’s Economic Rise and Fall," 16 Feb. 2019 Iran’s National Week of Government, during which Tehran often inaugurates new projects, began Aug. 24. Washington Post, "Satellite photos show burning Iran space center launch pad," 30 Aug. 2019 The demolition was part of a ceremony inaugurating the tunnel, sponsored by a settlement group whose goal is to expand modern-day Jewish presence in eastern Jerusalem, pushing out Palestinians. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "The provocations of Trump’s ambassador to Israel are upturning decades of U.S. diplomacy," 8 July 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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