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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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  • His visit to Constantinople and Palestine in 1898 inaugurated a Levantine policy destined to have momentous results.

  • This was pending in the Senate when Cleveland was inaugurated, and was withdrawn at once.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • The literary and religious revival which Jan Ruysbroek had inaugurated did not die with him.

    The Story of Brussels Ernest Gilliat-Smith
  • Before Cleveland was inaugurated the trend was noticed and attacked.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • Solomon inaugurated a new policy by entering into alliances and making treaties with his powerful neighbors.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for inaugurated


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 inaugurated



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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