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: 1595–1605; Related forms
< 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
preinaugurate, verb (used with object), preinaugurated, preinaugurating.
reinaugurate, verb (used with object), reinaugurated, reinaugurating.