inauguration

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 /ɪˌnɔːgjʊˈreɪʃən/



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•au•gu•ra•tion  (in ô′gyə rāshən, -gə-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmentan act or ceremony of inaugurating.
[1560–70;
LL inaugurātiōn- (s. of inaugurātiō). See inaugurate, -ion.]

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•au•gu•rate /ɪnˈɔgyəˌreɪt, -gə-/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -rat•ed, -rat•ing. 
  1. to make a formal beginning of; begin:The end of World War II inaugurated the era of nuclear power.
  2. Governmentto put (someone) into office with formal ceremonies;
    install:He was inaugurated in January.
  3. to introduce or cause to begin:Airmail service was inaugurated in 1918.
in•au•gu•ra•tion /ɪnˌɔgyəˈreɪʃən, -gə-/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]inauguration of the new space flights.[countable]Inaugurations are held in January.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•au•gu•rate  (in ôgyə rāt′, -gə-),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -rat•ed, -rat•ing. 
  1. to make a formal beginning of;
    initiate;
    commence;
    begin:The end of World War II inaugurated the era of nuclear power.
  2. Governmentto induct into office with formal ceremonies;
    install.
  3. to introduce into public use by some formal ceremony:Airmail service between Washington, D.C., and New York City was inaugurated in 1918.
in•augu•ra′tor, n. 
  • Latin inaugurātus past participle of inaugurāre to consecrate by augury (a person chosen for priesthood or other office), literally, to take auguries). See in-2, augur, -ate1
  • 1595–1605

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