Definition of inaugurate in English:

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Pronunciation: /iˈnôɡ(y)əˌrāt/


[with object]
1Begin or introduce (a system, policy, or period): he inaugurated a new policy of trade and exploration
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  • In one promising sign, the government last week announced that it will inaugurate a new trade policy in May that will lower tariffs for a wide range of products over the next five years.
  • Bulgaria supported the losing side again in World War II, and the arrival of the Red Army in August 1944 inaugurated a period of Communist Party rule.
  • When the Berlin wall fell in November 1989, a new era of democracy was inaugurated…
initiate, begin, start, commence, institute, launch, start off, get going, get underway, set in motion, get off the ground, establish, found, lay the foundations of;
bring in, usher in, introduce
informal kick off
1.1Admit (someone) formally to public office: the new president will be inaugurated on January 20
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  • Lynne met the little boy at his home in Malton a couple of hours before she was formally inaugurated as the charity's new president last Thursday.
  • He was formally inaugurated on June 23 in Beijing, replacing the former chief executive Tung-Chee Hwa, who resigned in March.
  • It wasn't until '95, when he was inaugurated as Texas governor, that he held an elective office.
admit to office, install, instate, swear in;
invest, ordain;
1.2Mark the beginning or first public use of (an organization or project): the museum was inaugurated on September 12
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  • ‘Although we may inaugurate the project on June 22, we are still uncertain about the amount of money that will be disbursed by the central government this year,’ he said.
  • An actor inaugurated the event by releasing a poster to mark the occasion.
  • Corporate Affairs vice-president of Sundaram Finance Limited, R. Anand, inaugurated the event and released a souvenir on the occasion.
open, declare open, unveil;
dedicate, consecrate



Pronunciation: /iˈnôɡ(y)əˌrādər/
Example sentences
  • They did not tell Ambonwari people what they were doing at Arkwas but asked the ritual inaugurator from the clan to go with them to perform the opening ritual, a kind of traditional ‘blessing’ ceremony.
  • On 6 September 1991, less than six months after the meeting in the men's house and only three months after he acted as ritual inaugurator at the opening of the Kabriman men's house, Murimari suddenly died.
  • In the case of Christ as Lamb, it allows John to interpret Jesus' death as a means of redemption and liberation from the forces of evil while also acclaiming the resurrected Christ as cosmic ruler and inaugurator of a new age.


Pronunciation: /iˈnôɡ(y)ərəˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • The Military Governor tried to prevent the Front's inauguratory meeting, which was due to take place in Acre, by imposing movement restrictions on 37 of the leading public figures.
  • He was cheered by his own set in the House of Commons on the night of his inauguratory speech.


Late 16th century: from Latin inaugurat- 'interpreted as omens (from the flight of birds)', based on augurare 'to augur'.

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Syllabification: in·au·gu·rate

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