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Pronunciation:  in'ogyu`reyt

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

INAUGURATE is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
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