Definition of inauguration in US English:

inauguration

noun

  • 1The beginning or introduction of a system, policy, or period.

    ‘the inauguration of an independent prosecution service’
    • ‘A ceremony was held earlier in the day to mark the inauguration of the program.’
    • ‘The inauguration of medical therapy for treating erectile dysfunction followed the discovery in 1982.’
    • ‘This destroyed the majority on which the Directors had been able to rely since the inauguration of the constitution.’
    • ‘He was also responsible for the inauguration of the Empire Service, which has been held in Cheltenham for a number of years.’
    initiation, institution, setting up, launch, establishment, foundation, founding, origination, formation
    installation, instatement, induction, swearing in
    opening
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    1. 1.1 The formal admission of someone to office.
      ‘Truman's second presidential inauguration’
      • ‘The inauguration is a well produced public spectacle of democracy.’
      • ‘On the grassy grounds below was the area where the president came for the inauguration of Nelson Mandella.’
      • ‘He also performed at a concert during the week of the president's inauguration.’
      • ‘In my inauguration speech, I spoke about, you will be judged on what you build, not what you destroy.’
      • ‘So the inauguration is Tuesday but in some places the changing of the guard has already taken place.’
      • ‘However, the main flyover will be ready for inauguration by December 2004.’
      • ‘In April, on his first foreign trip following his inauguration, Lee traveled to the US.’
      • ‘Some fifty years later, in 1249, we can observe the fusion of old and new in the inauguration rites of Alexander III at Scone.’
      • ‘Even before his inauguration, Kim was moving away from the radical left.’
      • ‘But by inauguration week, the group was backtracking from that claim.’
      • ‘His inauguration might offer the nation a new turn, and from that the congregations draw hope.’
      • ‘This man has 76 days to put together a government and plan an inauguration.’
      • ‘You know, we talked about the idea of a potential terrorist threat against the inauguration.’
      • ‘Playing tennis meant I missed watching the inauguration of President Mbeki on TV.’
      • ‘However, shortly after his inauguration, the coverage changed considerably.’
      • ‘She also wore white to the inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln.’
      • ‘We're counting down to his historic inauguration.’
      • ‘The official state inauguration is taking place several blocks away in the Congress.’
      • ‘Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will preside over their inauguration in The Hague this week.’
      • ‘He says many points of view will be represented at his inauguration.’
    2. 1.2 A ceremony to mark the beginning of something.
      ‘the inauguration of the Modern Art Museum’
      • ‘Carmona had dressed himself in impressive ribbons and braids for the inauguration.’
      • ‘Following the huge success of its inauguration last summer, Camp Xtra is once again taking place on the campus at Devizes School.’
      • ‘I was back in Kerala for the inauguration of the P. Sukumaran Memorial Trust.’
      • ‘Inauguration of Government-owned facilities are generally drab events.’
      • ‘A formal ceremony marked the inauguration of the exhibition.’
      • ‘Before its inauguration, the park was closed for a week to allow workers to add their final touches to the project.’
      • ‘In Hannover, fireworks marked the inauguration of the AWD arena.’
      • ‘The closure of the Metal Gallery in 2004, only a year after its inauguration, demonstrates all too clearly this lack of visibility.’
      • ‘The Chief Minister requested the Railway Minister to fix the date for its inauguration, preferably next month.’
      • ‘The inauguration will be followed by cultural events where at least 50 colleges are expected to participate.’
      • ‘It has been enshrined in the holidaymakers' hall of fame since the 1971 inauguration of Walt Disney World in Orlando.’
      • ‘Another performance that Kavita holds close to her heart was at the inauguration of the restored Bibliotheca Alexandria.’
      • ‘Cricketers and the outlets' Managing Directors attended the inauguration of the Mega Fun Cricket Tournament.’
      • ‘In the months following the school's inauguration, some village dwellers paid to have the same kind of work done on their own homes.’
      • ‘Recent months, however, have seen the inauguration of two new large and highly professional contemporary art spaces.’

Pronunciation

inauguration

/iˌnôɡ(y)əˈrāSH(ə)n//ɪˌnɔɡ(j)əˈreɪʃ(ə)n/