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inaugurate

[in-aw-gyuh-reyt, -guh-] /ɪnˈɔ gyəˌreɪt, -gə-/
verb (used with object), inaugurated, inaugurating.
1.
to make a formal beginning of; initiate; commence; begin:
The end of World War II inaugurated the era of nuclear power.
2.
to induct into office with formal ceremonies; install.
3.
to introduce into public use by some formal ceremony:
Airmail service between Washington, D.C., and New York City was inaugurated in 1918.
Origin
1595-1605
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, augur, -ate1
Related forms
inaugurator, noun
preinaugurate, verb (used with object), preinaugurated, preinaugurating.
reinaugurate, verb (used with object), reinaugurated, reinaugurating.
uninaugurated, adjective
well-inaugurated, adjective
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  • Thus was inaugurated an almost incredibly hostile relationship between the cable industry and fishermen.
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  • Nor was the sheriff himself much more confident when he inaugurated the change.
  • Few foresaw even the possibility of it when he was inaugurated.
  • He inaugurated his administration with a complete surprise: he declined the performance.
  • Annual human-rights reports on the government's foreign policy were inaugurated.
British Dictionary definitions for inaugurated

inaugurate

/ɪnˈɔːɡjʊˌreɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to commence officially or formally; initiate
2.
to place in office formally and ceremonially; induct
3.
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

inaugurate

v.

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

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