[in-aw-gyuh-reyt, -guh-]

verb (used with object), in·au·gu·rat·ed, in·au·gu·rat·ing.

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 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··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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of inaugurate

Historical Examples of inaugurate

  • Disobedience has never been a fault amongst us, and I am sure you will not be the one to inaugurate it.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • I think I can't do better than inaugurate my new 'ism' by lunching there to-day.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • It had occurred to Fouchard to inaugurate a traffic with them.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • They went off with Jim, to raise the other plantation hands, and inaugurate the hunt.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore

  • If it did not inaugurate, it at least prepared the way for the decline.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy

    Benjamin Franklin Cocker

British Dictionary definitions for inaugurate


verb (tr)

to commence officially or formally; initiate
to place in office formally and ceremonially; induct
to open ceremonially; dedicate formallyto inaugurate a factory
Derived Formsinauguration, nouninaugurator, nouninauguratory (ɪnˈɔːɡjʊrətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for inaugurate

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

Word Origin and History for inaugurate

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