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Meaning of christen

chris•ten

Pronunciation: (kris'un), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to receive into the Christian church by baptism; baptize.
  2. to give a name to at baptism: They christened her Mary.
  3. to name and dedicate: to christen a ship.
  4. to make use of for the first time.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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