in·au·gu·rate /ɪˈnɔgjəˌret, gəˌret/
In·au·gu·rate a. Invested with office; inaugurated.
In·au·gu·rate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inaugurated p. pr. & vb. n. Inaugurating ]
1. 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.
2. 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. --Sir H. Wotton.
3. To celebrate the completion of, or the first public use of; to dedicate, as a statue. [Colloq.]
4. To begin with good omens. [Obs.]
v 1: commence officially [syn: kick off]
2: open ceremoniously or dedicate formally
3: be a precursor of; "The fall of the Berlin Wall ushered in
the post-Cold War period" [syn: usher in, introduce]