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usher in

Meaning: to begin a period in history or a stage in someone's life

Synonym: herald (formal)

For example:

  • usher in sth My first day in college ushered in one of the happiest times in my life.

  • usher in sth The new President's election ushered in a period of peace and cooperation among the nations of the world.

Note: mostly used in journalism or academic writing

Quick Quiz:

The collapse of one of the world's biggest banks ushered in a period of
  1. great economic activity
  2. global economic slowdown
  3. high economic growth

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