verb (used with object), in·au·gu·rat·ed, in·au·gu·rat·ing.

  1. to make a formal beginning of; initiate; commence; begin: The end of World War II inaugurated the era of nuclear power.
  2. to induct into office with formal ceremonies; install.
  3. to introduce into public use by some formal ceremony: Airmail service between Washington, D.C., and New York City was inaugurated in 1918.

verb (tr)

  1. to commence officially or formally; initiate
  2. to place in office formally and ceremonially; induct
  3. to open ceremonially; dedicate formallyto inaugurate a factory

c.1600, a back-formation from inauguration and also from Latin inauguratus, past participle of inaugurare (see inauguration). Related: Inaugurated; inaugurating.

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