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verb [transitive] inaugurate pronunciation in American English /ɪˈnɔɡjəˌreɪt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyinaugurate
he/she/itinaugurates
present participleinaugurating
past tenseinaugurated
past participleinaugurated
  1. 1
    formal to start or introduce something new and important

    He hopes to inaugurate a new, more democratic era in the country's politics.

  2. 2
    to open a new building, or to start a new organization, with an official ceremony

    The newest U.S. embassy was inaugurated today in Caracas, Venezuela.

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    1. a.
      to celebrate the fact that someone is starting an important new job with an official ceremony
      inaugurate someone as something:

      On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president of the new South Africa.

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inauguration

 inaugurate pronunciation in American English /ɪˌnɔɡjəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/  noun [countable/uncountable]
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pluralinaugurations

an inauguration ceremony

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