Definitions for: Inaugurate

[v] be a precursor of; "The fall of the Berlin Wall ushered in the post-Cold War period"
[v] commence officially
[v] open ceremoniously or dedicate formally

Webster (1913) Definition: In*au"gu*rate, a. [L. inauguratus, p. p. of
inaugurare to take omens from the flight of birds (before
entering upon any important undertaking); hence, to
consecrate, inaugurate, or install, with such divination;
pref. in- in + augurare, augurari, to augur. See Augur.]
Invested with office; inaugurated. --Drayton.

In*au"gu*rate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inaugurated;
p. pr. & vb. n. Inaugurating.]
1. To introduce or induct into an office with suitable
ceremonies or solemnities; to invest with power or
authority in a formal manner; to install; as, to
inaugurate a president; to inaugurate a king. --Milton.

2. To cause to begin, esp. with formality or solemn ceremony;
hence, to set in motion, action, or progress; to initiate;
-- used especially of something of dignity or worth or
public concern; as, to inaugurate a new era of things, new
methods, etc.

As if kings did closes remarkable days to inaugurate
their favors. --Sir H.

3. To celebrate the completion of, or the first public use
of; to dedicate, as a statue. [Colloq.]

4. To begin with good omens. [Obs.] --Sir H. Wotton.

Synonyms: introduce, kick off, usher in

See Also: begin, commence, commence, dedicate, embark on, lead off, open, start, start, start up, swear in

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