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 for auspicate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Auspicate \Aus"pi*cate\, v. t.
     1. To foreshow; to foretoken. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
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     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.
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              They auspicate all their proceedings. --Burke.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  auspicate
      v 1: indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news" [syn:
           bode, portend, auspicate, prognosticate, omen,
           presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, foretell,
           prefigure, forecast, predict]
      2: commence in a manner calculated to bring good luck; "They
         auspicated the trip with a bottle of champagne"

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