- to induct (an official) into office with a formal ceremony
- to make a formal beginning of; start: to inaugurate a new policy
- to celebrate formally the first public use of; dedicate: to inaugurate a new library
Origin of inaugurate; from Classical Latin inauguratus, past participle of inaugurare, to practice augury; to consecrate (a person in office) by augury: see in- and amp; augur
transitive verbin·au·gu·rat·ed, in·au·gu·rat·ing, in·au·gu·rates
- To induct into office by a formal ceremony.
- To cause to begin, especially officially or formally: inaugurate a new immigration policy. See Synonyms at begin.
- To open or begin use of formally with a ceremony; dedicate: inaugurate a community center.
Origin of inaugurateLatin inaugurare, inaugurat-, to consecrate by augury : in-, intensive pref.; see in–2 + augurare, to augur (from augur, soothsayer; see aug- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present inaugurates, present participle inaugurating, simple past and past participle inaugurated)
- Invested with office; inaugurated.