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1. A building for public, especially Christian worship.
2. often Church
a. The company of all Christians regarded as a spiritual body.
b. A specified Christian denomination: the Presbyterian Church.
c. A congregation.
3. Public divine worship in a church; a religious service: goes to church at Christmas and Easter.
4. The clerical profession; clergy.
5. Ecclesiastical power as distinguished from the secular: the separation of church and state.
tr.v. churched, church·ing, church·es
To conduct a church service for, especially to perform a religious service for (a woman after childbirth).
Of or relating to the church; ecclesiastical.

[Middle English chirche, from Old English cirice, ultimately from Medieval Greek kūrikon, from Late Greek kūriakon (dōma), the Lord's (house), neuter of Greek kūriakos, of the lord, from kūrios, lord; see keuə- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) the act of bringing someone, esp a woman after childbirth, to church for special ceremonies
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Roger Finke and Rodney Stark, The Churching of America 1776-1990: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy (New Brunswick, N J: Rutgers University Press, 2000), 254.
Roger Finke, a sociologist of religion at Purdue University and co-author of The Churching of America 1776 to 1990 (Rutgers University Press, 1993), notes: "From Congregationalists to Catholics many religious groups have experienced their most rapid growth when they offer a vivid sense of otherworldliness, stress a distinctive lifestyle, place clear demands on the membership, and generate a religious subculture that mirrors that of the dominant culture." Adds Finke: "High fertility rates, immigration, and aggressive marketing all fuel this growth, but the religion's intense faith and distinctive subculture retain the faithful."