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inaugurate

[in-aw-gyuh-reyt, -guh-]
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verb (used with object), in·au·gu·rat·ed, in·au·gu·rat·ing.
  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.
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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 formsin·au·gu·ra·tor, nounpre·in·au·gu·rate, verb (used with object), pre·in·au·gu·rat·ed, pre·in·au·gu·rat·ing.re·in·au·gu·rate, verb (used with object), re·in·au·gu·rat·ed, re·in·au·gu·rat·ing.un·in·au·gu·rat·ed, adjectivewell-in·au·gu·rat·ed, adjective
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  • But Egypt was not only responsible for inaugurating the use of stone for building.

  • The truth was they were afraid of inaugurating an affair of that sort.

    The One-Way Trail

    Ridgwell Cullum

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

    With Edged Tools

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • It also made it clear that he had borne the largest share of the cost of inaugurating the colony.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for inaugurating

inaugurate

verb (tr)
  1. to commence officially or formally; initiate
  2. to place in office formally and ceremonially; induct
  3. to open ceremonially; dedicate formallyto inaugurate a factory
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Derived Formsinauguration, nouninaugurator, nouninauguratory (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

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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