[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

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)

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
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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.

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