usher in

verb

Definition of usher in

1 : to serve to bring into being
  • a discovery that ushered in a period of change
2 : to mark or observe the beginning of
  • ushered in the new year with merrymaking

First Known Use of usher in

circa 1600

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of usher in

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

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