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christen

chris·ten

christen

 
 
pronunciation:
krI sn
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: christened, christening, christens
definition 1: to baptize, sometimes simultaneously giving a formal name to.
The baby will be christened next week at St. Paul's church.They christened their daughter Mary Katherine after her grandmother.
synonyms:
baptize
similar words:
consecrate, dedicate, hallow, sanctify
definition 2: to give a name to or dedicate formally.
He christened the yacht "The Juliana."
synonyms:
name
similar words:
dedicate, dub, style, term, title
definition 3: (informal) to utilize for the first time.
We're going to christen the new truck this afternoon.
similar words:
break in, inaugurate, initiate, install, instate, launch
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derivation: christener (n.)