To inaugurate means to start something, to give it a kick off. The opening day pep rally inaugurates the high school football season.

Inaugurate comes from the Latin word augur, which means taking signs from birds, or telling the future. The Romans would always look for good omens to mark the beginning of something — a war, or a new emperor’s reign — so inaugurate became linked to new beginnings. While inaugurate has long been used in formal contexts, such as the swearing-in ceremony that inaugurates a President's term in office, the word is now also used casually. You might inaugurate your marathon training with a long run.

Definitions of inaugurate

v commence officially

kick off
swear in
administer on oath to
open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building
Type of:
commence, embark on, start, start up
get off the ground

v be a precursor of

introduce, usher in
Type of:
begin, commence, lead off, start
set in motion, cause to start

v open ceremoniously or dedicate formally

Type of:
begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.

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