inaugurate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v inaugurate be a precursor of "The fall of the Berlin Wall ushered in the post-Cold War period"
    • v inaugurate commence officially
    • v inaugurate open ceremoniously or dedicate formally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: George Washington had to borrow money to go to his own inauguration
    • a Inaugurate Invested with office; inaugurated.
    • Inaugurate To begin with good omens.
    • Inaugurate To cause to begin, esp. with formality or solemn ceremony; hence, to set in motion, action, or progress; to initiate; -- used especially of something of dignity or worth or public concern; as, to inaugurate a new era of things, new methods, etc. "As if kings did choose remarkable days to inaugurate their favors."
    • Inaugurate To celebrate the completion of, or the first public use of; to dedicate, as a statue.
    • Inaugurate To introduce or induct into an office with suitable ceremonies or solemnities; to invest with power or authority in a formal manner; to install; as, to inaugurate a president; to inaugurate a king.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Franklin Pierce is the only President to have said "I promise" instead of "I swear at his Inauguration. He did it for religious reasons.
    • inaugurate To introduce or induct into office with suitable ceremonies; invest formally with an office.
    • inaugurate To make a formal beginning of; put in action or operation; initiate, especially something of dignity or importance: as, to inaugurate a reform.
    • inaugurate [The word is often inelegantly applied in this sense, especially in newspapers, to trivial or ignoble subjects.
    • inaugurate To institute or initiate the use of, especially by some formal opening ceremony: as, to inaugurate a railroad, a public building, or a statue.
    • inaugurate Inaugurated; invested with office; inducted; installed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1901, Theodore Roosevelt became the only U.S. President in history to deliver his inaugural address without using the word “I”. For the record, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower said “I” only once during their speeches.
    • v.t Inaugurate in-aw′gūr-āt to induct formally into an office: to cause to begin: to make a public exhibition of for the first time
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inauguratus, p. p. of inaugurare, to take omens from the flight of birds (before entering upon any important undertaking); hence, to consecrate, inaugurate, or install, with such divination; pref. in-, in + augurare, augurari, to augur. See Augur
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inaugurāre, -ātum.

Usage

In literature:

No such prudent and statesmanlike policy was inaugurated by any other conqueror.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
The Inaugural Picnic next week.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
The inauguration of a new machine deserved solemn recognition, especially on a hot day.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Mr. Lincoln reached Washington on the morning of the 23rd of February, and on the 4th of March was inaugurated President.
"Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday" by Various
The inauguration of these different schools was all a part of Dr. Tappan's scheme for the development of a true university.
"The University of Michigan" by Wilfred Shaw
This was of course inaugurated by great wars, but the outcome was peace and prosperity for the race.
"The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria" by W. Scott-Elliot
This day was to witness the inauguration of the new Government.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
The inauguration of our first President was an imposing event.
"History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Mr. Davis' Typical Inaugural.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
The Governor inaugurated his new career by an unhappy act of patronage.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
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In poetry:

Hurrah for McKinley!
Who said he'd have no wine,
And those at the inaugural
To drink had to decline,
Temperance rally, etc.
"Hurrah for McKinley!" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Then come with us and view the train;
The depot consecrate;
Where God's voice in the cataract speaks,
Rum's reign inaugurate!
"Invitation To The Clergy" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
The landscape now reveals a change;
A stair--that twinèd elm-boughs hold
Enclosed 'mid hedges mystic, strange--
Inaugurates a green and gold
Vision of gardens, range on range.
"The Gardens" by Emile Verhaeren
I too, following many, and follow'd by many, inaugurate a Religion—I
descend into the arena;
(It may be I am destin'd to utter the loudest cries there, the
winner's pealing shouts;
Who knows? they may rise from me yet, and soar above every thing.)
"Starting From Paumanok" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Whether it was President John F Kennedy delivering his inaugural in 1961.
In South Carolina Town, Economic Calamity Since Obama's Inauguration.
McCain kicked off the inaugural " Chords for a Cause" event in 2009.
Following a successful inaugural season in which 20 young athletes turned out for the Rim Country Middle School cross country team, Maverick practices opened Monday to a new crop of runners.
BLOOMINGTON – Two inaugural flights take off from Central Illinois Regional Airport this week.
Rick Snyder celebrates taking office with ' clean slate ' at Inauguration.
Cloud Nine , the world's largest helium-filled, land-tethered balloon, lifts off for an inaugural flight during the official opening Thursday, Oct 8, 2009.
South Carolina wins inaugural Cobblestone Cup.
The inaugural Sport & Spine Cobblestone Hockey Cup is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Savannah Civic Center with four college club hockey teams participating.
There were highs during the inaugural seasons and the Kevin Garnett era, but mostly, fans have refused to reach out to the game and its stars.
Members of the Bach Collegium San Diego in their inaugural noon concert in October at First Lutheran Church.
The public is invited to attend Mayor-elect Robert Michael Palmieri's Inauguration this Friday, December 30th at Utica's City Hall.
I watched President Barack Obama's first inaugural address four years ago with hundreds of students at Northwest Secondary School.
An Impresario Hustles to Stage the Inaugural.
Mirko Morhac (left) and Eric Lorenz are ready for the inaugural tequila expo.
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In science:

He was supposed to inaugurate the 1975 Varenna Summer School directed to these sub jects if he had not died a few weeks earlier.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
The more massive stars generate more massive cores, and those more massive than ∼8 M(cid:12) achieve the Chandrasekhar mass, at which point such cores are unstable to the dynamical implosion (collapse) that inaugurates the supernova.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
Automated search for clusters: in 1976 MacGillivray et al.290 inaugurated the automated search for galaxy clusters.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
However, the inauguration of two world-class observatories (La Palma, Calar Alto) in Spain in the 1980s has allowed Spanish astronomy to develop rapidly in recent years, with a large increase in the number of astronomers, in the number of institutions, in public interest, and in funding.
The impact of spanish astrophysics in the 1990's
The OPTICON management board meets twice a year with the inaugural meeting being held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London in April 2000.
OPTICON: EC Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy
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