Inaugurate In*au"gu*rate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inaugurated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inaugurating}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To introduce or induct into an office with suitable ceremonies or solemnities; to invest with power or authority in a formal manner; to install; as, to inaugurate a president; to inaugurate a king. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To cause to begin, esp. with formality or solemn ceremony; hence, to set in motion, action, or progress; to initiate; -- used especially of something of dignity or worth or public concern; as, to inaugurate a new era of things, new methods, etc. [1913 Webster]

As if kings did choose remarkable days to inaugurate their favors. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

3. To celebrate the completion of, or the first public use of; to dedicate, as a statue. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

4. To begin with good omens. [Obs.] --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • inaugurate — index admit (give access), cause, commence, constitute (establish), create, embark, establish (launch) …   Law dictionary

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