[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.

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. 2018

Related Words for inaugurated

introduced, initiated, begun

Examples from the Web for inaugurated

Contemporary Examples of inaugurated

Historical Examples of inaugurated

  • An era of railroad speculation was then inaugurated, which ended with the crisis of 1873.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • The picture had brought about an evolution in art, for it had inaugurated a new formula.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Similar activities have recently been inaugurated in other countries.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • In some states the agricultural colleges have inaugurated a movement to this end.

  • In November he was elected and March 4, 1861, he was inaugurated.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

British Dictionary definitions for inaugurated


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
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
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Word Origin and History for inaugurated



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