Etymology
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inaugurate (v.)

"induct into office by formal ceremony," c. 1600, a back-formation from inauguration (q.v.) and also from Latin inauguratus, past participle of inaugurare. The etymological sense is "make a formal beginning or induction into office with suitable ceremonies" (which in ancient Rome included especially the taking of auguries). The earlier verb in English was augur (1540s). Related: Inaugurated; inaugurating; inaugurator.

updated on March 03, 2017

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Definitions of inaugurate from WordNet

inaugurate (v.)
commence officially;
Synonyms: kick off
inaugurate (v.)
open ceremoniously or dedicate formally;
inaugurate (v.)
be a precursor of;
Synonyms: usher in / introduce
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