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inaugurate

in·au·gu·rate

inaugurate

 
 
pronunciation:
ih nawg y reIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: inaugurated, inaugurates, inaugurating
definition 1: to install in office with a formal ceremony.
They inaugurated the new president.
synonyms:
induct, install, instate
similar words:
crown, enthrone, frock
definition 2: to start or initiate formally; introduce.
The new telephone service was inaugurated here last month.
synonyms:
begin, establish, initiate, institute, introduce, launch
similar words:
commence, kick off, start, undertake
definition 3: to celebrate the opening of (a new building, exhibit, or the like) with a formal ceremony.
similar words:
dedicate, open
derivations: inauguration (n.), inaugurator (n.)
Word History
Inaugurate comes from inaugurare, a Latin word that means "to act as a fortuneteller." In ancient Rome, the fortuneteller looked for omens of the future in the flights of birds. Based on what he saw, he would decide whether or not it was a favorable time for an important ceremony, such as the crowning of a king.