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auspicate


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Auspicate  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Auspicate  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  auspicate 
  v  1:  indicate  by  signs;  "These  signs  bode  bad  news"  [syn:  {bode}, 
  {portend},  {prognosticate},  {omen},  {presage},  {betoken}, 
  {foreshadow},  {augur},  {foretell},  {prefigure},  {forecast}, 
  {predict}] 
  2:  commence  in  a  manner  calculated  to  bring  food  luck:  "They 
  auspicated  the  trip  with  a  bottle  of  champagne" 




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