from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To induct into office by a formal ceremony.
- transitive v. To cause to begin, especially officially or formally: inaugurate a new immigration policy. See Synonyms at begin.
- transitive v. To open or begin use of formally with a ceremony; dedicate: inaugurate a community center.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To induct into office with a formal ceremony.
- v. To dedicate ceremoniously; to initiate something in a formal manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Invested with office; inaugurated.
- transitive v. To introduce or induct into an office with suitable ceremonies or solemnities; to invest with power or authority in a formal manner; to install
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v. To celebrate the completion of, or the first public use of; to dedicate, as a statue.
- transitive v. To begin with good omens.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To introduce or induct into office with suitable ceremonies; invest formally with an office.
- To make a formal beginning of; put in action or operation; initiate, especially something of dignity or importance: as, to inaugurate a reform.
- [The word is often inelegantly applied in this sense, especially in newspapers, to trivial or ignoble subjects.
- To institute or initiate the use of, especially by some formal opening ceremony: as, to inaugurate a railroad, a public building, or a statue.
- Inaugurated; invested with office; inducted; installed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be a precursor of
- v. open ceremoniously or dedicate formally
- v. commence officially
Latin inaugurāre, inaugurāt-, to consecrate by augury : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + augurāre, to augur (from augur, soothsayer; see aug- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French inaugurer ("to invest"), from Latin inaugurō ("approve on the basis of omens"), from in ("in") + augur ("an augur"). (Wiktionary)