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Definition of inaugurate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    inaugurate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnɔːɡjəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɔːɡjəreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inaugurate
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnɔːɡjəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɔːɡjəreɪt//
     
    he / she / it inaugurates
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnɔːɡjəreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɔːɡjəreɪts//
     
    past simple inaugurated
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnɔːɡjəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɔːɡjəreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle inaugurated
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnɔːɡjəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɔːɡjəreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form inaugurating
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnɔːɡjəreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnɔːɡjəreɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1inaugurate somebody (as something) | inaugurate somebody + noun to introduce a new public official or leader at a special ceremony He will be inaugurated (as) President in January.
  2. 2inaugurate something to officially open a building or start an organization with a special ceremony The new theatre was inaugurated by the mayor. The assembly was formally inaugurated in December.
  3. 3inaugurate something (formal) to introduce a new development or an important change The moon landing inaugurated a new era in space exploration. People hoped that the new government would inaugurate a period of change.
  4. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin inaugurat- ‘interpreted as omens (from the flight of birds)’, based on augurare ‘to augur’.
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