AskDefine | Define inaugurate

Dictionary Definition



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]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To induct into office with a formal ceremony.
  2. To dedicate ceremoniously; to initiate something in a formal manner.



  1. second-person plural present tense of inaugurare
  2. second-person plural imperative of inaugurare
  3. feminine plural of inaugurato, past participle of inaugurare

Extensive Definition

An inauguration is a ceremony of formal investiture whereby an individual assumes an office or position of authority or power. The term is usually used in reference to a politician's assumption of the duties of head of state or head of government (e.g. the President's inauguration). An "inaugural address" is the presidential speech given at this ceremony. Political inaugurations often have lavish ceremonies, in which the politician publicly takes his or her oath of office in front of a large crowd of spectators. The term inauguration may also refer to a formal beginning or introduction (e.g. the inauguration of a new CanadaUnited States border crossing).

State and religious leaders who are inaugurated

see Inauguration Day

See also

inaugurate in Bulgarian: Инавгурация
inaugurate in German: Weihe (Religion)
inaugurate in French: Investiture
inaugurate in Dutch: Inaugurele rede
inaugurate in Russian: Инаугурация
inaugurate in Ukrainian: Інавгурація

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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