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[in-aw-gyuh-reyt, -guh-] /ɪnˈɔ gyəˌreɪt, -gə-/
verb (used with object), inaugurated, inaugurating.
to make a formal beginning of; initiate; commence; begin:
The end of World War II inaugurated the era of nuclear power.
to induct into office with formal ceremonies; install.
to introduce into public use by some formal ceremony:
Airmail service between Washington, D.C., and New York City was inaugurated in 1918.
Origin of inaugurate
1595-1605; < Latin inaugurātus past participle of inaugurāre to consecrate by augury (a person chosen for priesthood or other office), literally, to take auguries). See in-2, augur1, -ate1
Related forms
inaugurator, noun
preinaugurate, verb (used with object), preinaugurated, preinaugurating.
reinaugurate, verb (used with object), reinaugurated, reinaugurating.
uninaugurated, adjective
well-inaugurated, adjective Unabridged
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  • On the day after to-morrow she will inaugurate a new style of hair-dressing, and take part in a comedy.

  • I think I can't do better than inaugurate my new 'ism' by lunching there to-day.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • The day of festival which should inaugurate his great venture arrived; but the venture was not to be his.

    The Ancient East D. G. Hogarh
  • If it did not inaugurate, it at least prepared the way for the decline.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • Having a natural talent for mechanics, he has done much to inaugurate and encourage the manufactures of our city.

British Dictionary definitions for inaugurate


verb (transitive)
to commence officially or formally; initiate
to place in office formally and ceremonially; induct
to open ceremonially; dedicate formally: to inaugurate a factory
Derived Forms
inauguration, noun
inaugurator, noun
inauguratory (ɪnˈɔːɡjʊrətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin inaugurāre, literally: to take omens, practise augury, hence to install in office after taking auguries; see in-², augur
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Word Origin and History for inaugurate

c.1600, a back-formation from inauguration and also from Latin inauguratus, past participle of inaugurare (see inauguration). Related: Inaugurated; inaugurating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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