follow Dictionary.com

Is irregardless a word?

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 of inaugurate
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, 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for inaugurating
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Cuba had still to rely upon her own resources, both in inaugurating internal improvements and in combatting external dangers.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 1 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • But Egypt was not only responsible for inaugurating the use of stone for building.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • To them is probably due the honour of inaugurating the Renaissance of Comacine art.

    The Cathedral Builders Leader Scott
  • We go back to nine-thirty, which was the hour set and appointed for inaugurating the All Fools' Day party.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • She has not been trained to do this and the fear that she will not do it wisely keeps the father from inaugurating such a system.

    The American Country Girl Martha Foote Crow
  • The inaugurating of riots and the employment of men to engage in them cost the Confederacy $500,000.

  • Then you attach no importance to the work he is inaugurating in Africa?

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • There was a grand bas-relief on the front by Mr. Watson, a young sculptor of promise, and there was an inaugurating banquet.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
British Dictionary definitions for inaugurating

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for inaugurating

inaugurate

v.

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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for inaugurate

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for inaugurating

14
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for inaugurating