inaugurate - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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 US embassy was inaugurated today in Caracas, Venezuela.

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

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

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noun [countable/uncountable]