verb (used with object), in·au·gu·rat·ed, in·au·gu·rat·ing.
- to make a formal beginning of; initiate; commence; begin: The end of World War II inaugurated the era of nuclear power.
- to induct into office with formal ceremonies; install.
- to introduce into public use by some formal ceremony: Airmail service between Washington, D.C., and New York City was inaugurated in 1918.
- to commence officially or formally; initiate
- to place in office formally and ceremonially; induct
- to open ceremonially; dedicate formallyto inaugurate a factory
c.1600, a back-formation from inauguration and also from Latin inauguratus, past participle of inaugurare (see inauguration). Related: Inaugurated; inaugurating.