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Definition of inaugurate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inaugurate
    he / she / it inaugurates
    past simple inaugurated
    -ing form inaugurating
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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 subway system was inaugurated by the mayor.
  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 administration would inaugurate a period of change.
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noun [uncountable, countable] the President's inauguration an inauguration speech
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