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  1. in·au·gu·rate
  2. verb

    • 1. begin or introduce (a system, policy, or period):

      he inaugurated a new policy of trade and exploration
      Synonym : 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, bring in, usher in, kick off, commence
    • 2. admit (someone) formally to public office:

      the new President will be inaugurated on January 20
      Synonym : admit to office, install, instate, induct, swear in, invest, ordain, crown, enthrone
    • 3. mark the beginning or first public use of (an organization or project):

      the museum was inaugurated on September 12
      Synonym : open, open officially, declare open, dedicate, consecrate, unveil, take the wraps off, hansel
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: inaugurate, 3rd person present: inaugurates, gerund or present participle: inaugurating, past tense: inaugurated, past participle: inaugurated

    • verb

      begin or introduce (a system, policy, or period):

      admit (someone) formally to office:

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