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Topic: OFFICIALS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of inaugurare, from augurare ( AUGUR); because the ceremony involved looking at signs of what might happen in the future

inaugurate

verb
     
in‧au‧gu‧rate [transitive]
1PGO to hold an official ceremony when someone starts doing an important job in government
inaugurate somebody as something
On 8 January 1959 De Gaulle was inaugurated as First President of the Republic.
2PGO to open a building or start an organization, event etc for the first time:
The Turner Prize was inaugurated in 1984.
3 formal if an event inaugurates an important change or period of time, it comes at the beginning of it:
The International Trade Agreement inaugurated a period of high economic growth.
inauguration noun [uncountable and countable]
President Hoover's inauguration
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