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christen

verb [T]  /ˈkrɪs·ən/ us  
to call a person, esp. a baby, a Christian through the ceremony of baptism and by naming the person: The parents christened their second child Maria. If a ship is christened, it is officially given its name: The First Lady christened the ship, “USS Arizona.” If you christen something new, you use it for the first time: I’m going to christen my new golf clubs this week.
christening
noun [C]  /ˈkrɪs·ə·nɪŋ/ us  
We celebrated the christening of my boss’s new baby in grand style.
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