inaugurate

[ in-aw-gyuh-reyt, -guh- ]
/ ɪnˈɔ gyəˌreɪt, -gə- /
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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.

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Origin of inaugurate

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”); see in-2, augur1, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for inaugurate

inaugurate
/ (ɪnˈɔːɡjʊˌreɪt) /

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 forms of inaugurate

inauguration, 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
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