inaugurate

Inaugurate meaning

Inaugurate meaning To inaugurate means to start something, to give it a kick off. The opening day pep rally inaugurates the high school football season.

Inaugurate comes from the Latin word augur, which means taking signs from birds, or telling the future. The Romans would always look for good omens to mark the beginning of something — a war, or a new emperor’s reign — so inaugurate became linked to new beginnings. While inaugurate has long been used in formal contexts, such as the swearing-in ceremony that inaugurates a President’s term in office, the word is now also used casually. You might inaugurate your marathon training with a long run.

Definitions of inaugurate
  1. verb

    commence officially

    synonyms:
    kick off

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    swear in

    administer on oath to
    dedicate

    open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building

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    commence, embark on, start, start up

    get off the ground
  2. verb

    be a precursor of

    synonyms:
    introduce, usher in

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    begin, commence, lead off, start

    set in motion, cause to start
  3. verb

    open ceremoniously or dedicate formally

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    type of:

    open

    begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.
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