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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To begin or inaugurate with a ceremony intended to bring good luck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To foreshow; to foretoken.
  • v. To give a favorable turn to in commencing; to inaugurate; -- a sense derived from the Roman practice of taking the auspicium, or inspection of birds, before undertaking any important business.
  • adj. Auspicious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Auspicious.
  • transitive v. To foreshow; to foretoken.
  • transitive v. To give a favorable turn to in commencing; to inaugurate; -- a sense derived from the Roman practice of taking the auspicium, or inspection of birds, before undertaking any important business.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be an augury of; foreshow.
  • To initiate or inaugurate with ceremonies calculated to insure good luck.
  • To begin or introduce in a favorable or auspicious manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. indicate by signs
  • v. commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck

Etymologies

Latin auspicārī, auspicāt-, from auspex, auspic-, bird augur; see auspice.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin auspicatus, past participle of auspicari "to take auspices", from auspex "bird seer", "augur", a contraction of avispex; avis "bird" + specere, spicere, "to view". (Wiktionary)

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