Meaning of inaugurate in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈnɔːɡjʊreɪt/

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[with object]
  • 1Begin or introduce (a system, policy, or period)

    ‘he inaugurated a new policy of trade and exploration’
    • ‘In one promising sign, the government last week announced that it will inaugurate a new trade policy in May that will lower tariffs for a wide range of products over the next five years.’
    • ‘Bulgaria supported the losing side again in World War II, and the arrival of the Red Army in August 1944 inaugurated a period of Communist Party rule.’
    • ‘When the Berlin wall fell in November 1989, a new era of democracy was inaugurated…’
    • ‘Invariably, however, technology reaches a point of diminishing returns, inaugurating a period of stagnation and crisis.’
    • ‘This inaugurated a period of monetary stability which characterized the 1980s and 1990s, interrupted only by an economic downturn in the late 1980s.’
    • ‘That seemingly casual remark inaugurated a six-week period during which I played the most consistently good golf I've ever played.’
    • ‘The end of the cold war inaugurated a new period, where non-Westerners were no longer the helpless recipients of Western power, but now counted amongst the movers of history.’
    • ‘Flavius Julius Constantius was appointed as Maximian's junior to help inaugurate the new system of government in the West.’
    • ‘Far from it being a preventative war, and that's the way they sold it, it inaugurated a century of the most unspeakable violence in human history.’
    • ‘Keynes' General Theory of 1936 did not inaugurate a new age of economic policies; rather it marked the end of a period.’
    • ‘This discovery inaugurated the golden age of trade between Europe and Asia.’
    • ‘The end of the War of 1812 with Britain inaugurated decades of peaceful economic growth, with new roads and canals opening the eastern seaboard to easier and speedier travel.’
    • ‘It was the 747 that inaugurated the age of mass air travel.’
    • ‘The classic period of the first cold war runs from 1947 through the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, which finally inaugurated an era of detente.’
    • ‘In the fifteenth century, the Portuguese inaugurated the Age of Discovery and for three centuries built and expanded a seaborne empire.’
    • ‘Peter the Great's notorious visit to London in 1698 inaugurated the new century in a diplomatic, economic and cultural manner.’
    • ‘I suspect I've already inaugurated this new era with my previous post.’
    • ‘The African American Civil Rights movement inspired and inaugurated a new era of ethnic pride and political consciousness.’
    • ‘Such operations inaugurated what would become a widespread, flourishing black market that survived the entire Soviet period.’
    • ‘Simultaneously, President Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated U.S. rearmament, with emphasis on aircraft.’
    initiate, begin, start, institute, launch, start off, set in motion, get going, get under way, get off the ground, establish, originate, put in place, lay the foundations of, lay the first stone of, lay the cornerstone of, bring up the curtain on
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    1. 1.1Admit (someone) formally to office.
      ‘Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as president in 1861’
      • ‘She met the little boy a couple of hours before she was formally inaugurated as the charity's new president.’
      • ‘He was formally inaugurated on June 23, replacing the former chief executive, who resigned in March.’
      • ‘By the time I was actually inaugurated, I had a list of about 10 major items that I wanted to accomplish in foreign policy.’
      • ‘He was inaugurated as vice president on 4 March 1901.’
      • ‘The Congress elected him as president and he was inaugurated on August 6, 1997.’
      • ‘He wanted some briefings in Washington before he was inaugurated.’
      • ‘My question to you is, what specific thing are you going to be doing first, after you are inaugurated as President?’
      • ‘The Russian president was officially inaugurated into office on Sunday.’
      • ‘Some 40 world leaders will gather Tuesday to see the president inaugurated for a second term.’
      • ‘He has announced his new cabinet, two months after being inaugurated as head of state.’
      admit to office, install, instate, induct, swear in
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    2. 1.2Mark the beginning or first public use of (an organization or project) with a special event or ceremony.
      ‘the museum was inaugurated on September 12’
      • ‘‘Although we may inaugurate the project on June 22, we are still uncertain about the amount of money that will be disbursed by the central government this year,’ he said.’
      • ‘An actor inaugurated the event by releasing a poster to mark the occasion.’
      • ‘Corporate Affairs vice-president of Sundaram Finance Limited, R. Anand, inaugurated the event and released a souvenir on the occasion.’
      • ‘Flag officers from Maxwell and Pensacola and an official from Eastern were among the dignitaries at the ceremony inaugurating Dannelly Airport on July 1, 1943.’
      • ‘The centre would be formally inaugurated on June 19 in the presence of the guests.’
      • ‘The new facility, located in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, Maryland, was to be formally inaugurated yesterday.’
      • ‘She was in Kochi on Monday to inaugurate an exhibition of diamonds.’
      • ‘The firm also recently inaugurated a technology and development center at its plant in Anaheim, CA.’
      • ‘They inaugurated the festival in 1993 and continued to hold it every two years.’
      • ‘A wise mayor inaugurated an annual international food festival where each nationality could show off its dishes.’
      • ‘The show, which was inaugurated on Wednesday, will go on till Sunday.’
      • ‘To be inaugurated on Friday, the exhibition will remain open for a week.’
      • ‘The building is likely to be inaugurated on June 30.’
      • ‘Still, this was one exhibition that drew dozens of people even before it was formally inaugurated.’
      • ‘The place is going to be formally inaugurated on October 18 at 5.30 p.m. at its premises, 39, Netaji Road, Fraser Town.’
      • ‘The monastery was formally inaugurated by His Holiness on March 31, 1985.’
      • ‘The centre would be formally inaugurated on June 19 in the presence of the guests.’
      • ‘Mitsubishi Motors Club was inaugurated in May 1990 and now has a membership of 2,300.’
      • ‘The Mayor, J. Chandra, herself was there to inaugurate the camp.’
      • ‘He also inaugurated a multipurpose hall, cafeteria, teaching block and library building.’
      open, open officially, declare open
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Late 16th century from Latin inaugurat- ‘interpreted as omens (from the flight of birds)’, based on augurare ‘to augur’.