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

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.


/ ɪnˈɔːɡjʊˌreɪt; -trɪ; ɪnˈɔːɡjʊrətərɪ /


  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

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Derived Forms

  • inauguratory, adjective
  • inˈauguˌrator, noun
  • inˌauguˈration, noun

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Other Words From

  • in·augu·rator noun
  • prein·augu·rate verb (used with object) preinaugurated preinaugurating
  • rein·augu·rate verb (used with object) reinaugurated reinaugurating
  • unin·augu·rated adjective
  • well-in·augu·rated adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inaugurate1

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin inaugurātus, past participle of inaugurāre “to consecrate by augury (a person chosen for priesthood or other office),” literally, “to take auguries”); in- 2, augur 1, -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inaugurate1

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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Example Sentences

He had the map framed and brought into the West Wing shortly after he was inaugurated.

Even if you didn’t vote for the president being inaugurated, it can feel like you’re watching history being made as the new president is sworn in.

The first president inaugurated in Washington was Thomas Jefferson in 1801.

Until the 1930s, incoming presidents weren’t inaugurated until March 4 of the next year, so Washington had an even longer lame-duck period than presidents do now.

A new president will be inaugurated Wednesday in a city with areas under military lockdown.

The hiring seemed to inaugurate a détente between Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell.

Sweden was the first European country to inaugurate a dedicated LGBT retirement facility, which was opened in Stockholm in 2013.

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.

But the reality of the world is that the media rarely inaugurate such probes.

In line with this growth, the Peruvian author is the first Nobel laureate invited to inaugurate the fair.

Under such auspices dawned the year 1861, destined to inaugurate a new epoch in the life of Tchaikovsky.

Make the work efficient, though it be limited to a small number, rather than inaugurate a magnificent failure.

Anyway she knows that persecution will result, and she has persuaded Mrs. Endicott to inaugurate it.

I should have been glad to inaugurate in Boston, during the last six years, several important industrial movements.

The consequences of this blow were momentous; it may be said to inaugurate the ghetto period.


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More About Inaugurate

What does inaugurate mean?

Inaugurate most generally means to formally or officially take action to begin something. Close synonyms are the verbs initiate and commence.

More specifically, inaugurate means to officially induct someone into a position with a formal ceremony. A close synonym of this sense of the word is install.

The noun inauguration refers to the process of inaugurating or a ceremony in which a person or thing is inaugurated. Things involving or related to inauguration can be described with the adjective inaugural.

U.S. presidents are inaugurated—officially inducted into office and sworn in—on Inauguration Day, on which they usually give their inaugural address (speech).

Inaugurate can also mean to introduce something into use with a formal ceremony. A new factory or public building might be inaugurated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony or a dedication ceremony, for example.

In every sense of the word, inaugurate implies at least some formality.

Its general sense—meaning to initiate or commence—is typically used in the context of events considered important, such as historical eras, as in The rise of the empire inaugurated a period of renewed warfare. 

Example: In the U.S., presidents are elected in November, but their terms don’t officially begin until they are inaugurated in January.

Where does inaugurate come from?

The first records of the word inaugurate come from right around 1600. It comes from the Latin inaugurātus, from the verb inaugurāre, meaning “to consecrate by augury.” In ancient Rome, an augury was the rite or ceremony held by an augur—a kind of soothsayer or priest whose job was to interpret omens to guide decisions. In Ancient Rome, the augurs were consulted before lawmakers officially took a position.

In the U.S., the president is inaugurated on January 20 following a presidential election (or January 21 if January 20 falls on a Sunday). This date is set by the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first president inaugurated on this day when he began his second term in 1937. Other elected officials, such as governors, are also inaugurated to start their terms, but the inauguration of the president is the most well-known, likely due to the importance of the office and the grand nature of the ceremony.

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Inaugurate is most commonly used in the context of formal ceremonies. In the U.S., the word is closely associated with the official induction of a new president.



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