Pronunciation: (in-ô'gyu-rāt", -gu-), [key]
—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. to 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.
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