- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin inaugurat-
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//