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inaugurate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of inaugurate

  1. 1 to be responsible for the creation and early operation or use of inaugurated the college's athletic program for women Synonyms of inaugurate begin, constitute, establish, found, initiate, innovate, institute, introduce, launch, pioneer, plant, set up, startWords Related to inaugurate author, father, originate; conceive, concoct, contrive, cook (up), create, devise, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture, produce, think (up); construct, put up; develop, enlarge, expand; endow, finance, fund, subsidize; arrange, organize, systematize, systemize; refound, reinitiate, reinstitute, relaunchNear Antonyms of inaugurate abolish, annihilate, annul, nullify; end, finish, halt, stop, terminate; round (off or out), wind up, wrap upAntonyms of inaugurate close (down), phase out, shut (up)

  2. 2 to put into an office or welcome into an organization with special ceremonies the president inaugurated the newest member of the club with a welcoming speech Synonyms of inaugurate baptize, install, induct, initiate, instate, invest, seatWords Related to inaugurate swear in; consecrate, enshrine; accept, admit, receive, take in; enlist, enroll (also enrol)Near Antonyms of inaugurate can, discharge, fire, terminate; muster out

Synonym Discussion of inaugurate

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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