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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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  • 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


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 inaugurating



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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