auspicate

auspicate

[aw-spi-keyt]
verb (used with object), auspicated, auspicating.
to initiate with ceremonies calculated to ensure good luck; inaugurate.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin auspicātus consecrated by auguries (past participle of auspicārī), equivalent to auspic- (stem of auspex) + -ātus -ate1

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auspicate

verb
1. indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news" 
2. commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck; "They auspicated the trip with a bottle of champagne" 
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