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.

Nearby words

  1. inassimilable,
  2. inattention,
  3. inattentive,
  4. inaudible,
  5. inaugural,
  6. inauguration,
  7. inauguration day,
  8. inauspicious,
  9. inauthentic,
  10. inbd

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

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British Dictionary definitions for inaugurating

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 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 inaugurating

inaugurate

v.

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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