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Meaning of AUSPICATE

Pronunciation:  'ospu`keyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck; "They auspicated the trip with a bottle of champagne"
  2. [v]  indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"

AUSPICATE is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: augur, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
 See Also: begin, bespeak, commence, foreshow, get, indicate, point, set about, set out, signal, start, start out, threaten



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Aus"pi*cate\, a. [L. auspicatus, p. p. of auspicari
    to take auspices, fr. auspex a bird seer, an augur, a contr.
    of avispex; avis bird + specere, spicere, to view. See
    {Aviary}, {Spy}.]
    Auspicious. [Obs.] --Holland.
  2. \Aus"pi*cate\, v. t.
    1. To foreshow; to foretoken. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
    2. To give a favorable turn to in commencing; to inaugurate;
       -- a sense derived from the Roman practice of taking the
       auspicium, or inspection of birds, before undertaking any
       important business.
             They auspicate all their proceedings. --Burke.