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chris·ten

 (krĭs′ən)
tr.v. chris·tened, chris·ten·ing, chris·tens
1.
a. To baptize into a Christian church.
b. To give a name to at baptism.
2.
a. To name: christened the kitten "Snowball."
b. To name and dedicate ceremonially: christen a ship.
3. To use for the first time: christened the new car by going for a drive.

[Middle English cristnen, from Old English cristnian, from cristen, Christian; see Christian.]

christen

(ˈkrɪsən)
vb (tr)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) to give a Christian name to in baptism as a sign of incorporation into a Christian Church
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) another word for baptize
3. to give a name to (anything), esp with some ceremony
4. informal to use for the first time
[Old English cristnian, from Crīst Christ]
ˈchristener n

chris•ten

(ˈkrɪs ən)

v.t.
1. to baptize.
2. to give a name to at baptism.
3. to name and dedicate: to christen a ship.
4. to make use of for the first time.
[before 900; Middle English cristenen, Old English cristnian, derivative of cristen Christian]
chris′ten•er, n.

christen


Past participle: christened
Gerund: christening

Imperative
christen
christen
Present
I christen
you christen
he/she/it christens
we christen
you christen
they christen
Preterite
I christened
you christened
he/she/it christened
we christened
you christened
they christened
Present Continuous
I am christening
you are christening
he/she/it is christening
we are christening
you are christening
they are christening
Present Perfect
I have christened
you have christened
he/she/it has christened
we have christened
you have christened
they have christened
Past Continuous
I was christening
you were christening
he/she/it was christening
we were christening
you were christening
they were christening
Past Perfect
I had christened
you had christened
he/she/it had christened
we had christened
you had christened
they had christened
Future
I will christen
you will christen
he/she/it will christen
we will christen
you will christen
they will christen
Future Perfect
I will have christened
you will have christened
he/she/it will have christened
we will have christened
you will have christened
they will have christened
Future Continuous
I will be christening
you will be christening
he/she/it will be christening
we will be christening
you will be christening
they will be christening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been christening
you have been christening
he/she/it has been christening
we have been christening
you have been christening
they have been christening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been christening
you will have been christening
he/she/it will have been christening
we will have been christening
you will have been christening
they will have been christening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been christening
you had been christening
he/she/it had been christening
we had been christening
you had been christening
they had been christening
Conditional
I would christen
you would christen
he/she/it would christen
we would christen
you would christen
they would christen
Past Conditional
I would have christened
you would have christened
he/she/it would have christened
we would have christened
you would have christened
they would have christened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.christen - administer baptism tochristen - administer baptism to; "The parents had the child baptized"
call, name - assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to; "They named their son David"; "The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"

christen

verb
1. baptize, name She was born in March and christened in June.
2. name, call, term, style, title, dub, designate a boat which he christened `the Stray Cat'

christen

verb
To give a name or title to:
Translations
يُطلق اسْما علىيعمِّد يُعَمِّد مَوْلودا
křtítpokřtít
døbe
keresztel
skíra, ausa vatniskíra, nefna
duoti vardą
dot vārdukristīt
krstiť
krstiti za
vaftiz ederek ad vermekvaftiz etmek

christen

[ˈkrɪsn] VT
1. (Rel) → bautizar
2. (= name) → bautizar con el nombre de
they christened him Jack after his unclele pusieron Jack como su tío
3. (= use for first time) → estrenar

christen

[ˈkrɪsən] vt
(in religious ceremony) [+ baby] → baptiser
(= call) → surnommer

christen

vt
(= baptize)taufen; to christen somebody after somebodyjdn nach jdm (be)nennen
(inf: = use for first time) → einweihen

christen

[ˈkrɪsn] vtbattezzare

christen

(ˈkrisn) verb
1. to baptize into the Christian church. The priest christened three babies today.
2. to give (a name) to. She was christened Joanna.
References in classic literature ?
For it would not have been possible for the Raveloe mind, without a peculiar revelation, to know that a clergyman should be a pale-faced memento of solemnities, instead of a reasonably faulty man whose exclusive authority to read prayers and preach, to christen, marry, and bury you, necessarily coexisted with the right to sell you the ground to be buried in and to take tithe in kind; on which last point, of course, there was a little grumbling, but not to the extent of irreligion--not of deeper significance than the grumbling at the rain, which was by no means accompanied with a spirit of impious defiance, but with a desire that the prayer for fine weather might be read forthwith.
Rollo Finch--in the present unsatisfactory state of the law parents may still christen a child Rollo--was a youth to whom Nature had given a cheerful disposition not marred by any superfluity of brain.
Turveydrop's name is Prince; I wish it wasn't, because it sounds like a dog, but of course be didn't christen himself.
It is now time, I ween, to christen our bonny babe, is it not so, merry boys?
When thou livedst not thou wast called John Little, but now that thou dost live indeed, Little John shalt thou be called, so christen I thee.
Then I turned toward the advancing Hoojans--"Hoosiers," Perry dubbed them--even going so far as to christen this island where Hooja held sway Indiana; it is so marked now upon our maps.
The minister agreed to christen the child any name but Samuel, and every other minister on Island McGill refused to christen it by the name she had chosen.
I was surprised to see how thirsty the bricks were which drank up all the moisture in my plaster before I had smoothed it, and how many pailfuls of water it takes to christen a new hearth.
It had been the immemorial habit of the village to christen children either by Bible names, or by those of the cardinal and other virtues; so that one was for ever hearing in the village street or on the green, shrill sounds of "Prudence
For a minister to christen the child, and to the godfathers and clerk .
Her contributions to society on many levels make her particularly appropriate to christen our ship.
Her Excellency Mireya Moscoso, president of the Republic of Panama, pulled the lever that released a bottle of champagne to christen the line's newest ship, at a ceremony held onboard the ship during the noon transit of the brand-new Coral Princess through the Gatun Locks of the Canal.