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anoint to honor or make holy by applying oil as part of a religious ceremony.
baptism a Christian ceremony in which someone who wishes to join the church is sprinkled with water or dipped in water.
baptize to perform the Christian ceremony of dipping in or sprinkling with water as a symbol of becoming a member of the church. [2 definitions]
bar mitzvah a Jewish ceremony that celebrates a boy becoming an adult and the beginning of his religious duties. The bar mitzvah usually takes place when the boy is thirteen years old.
bat mitzvah a Jewish ceremony that celebrates a girl becoming an adult and the beginning of her religious duties. The bat mitzvah usually takes place when the girl is thirteen years old.
changing of the guard a ceremony in which a guard is replaced by another guard.
commencement the day or ceremony of graduation from a school or college. [1/2 definitions]
confirmation a ceremony that makes a person a member of a church or other religious organization. [1/3 definitions]
coronation the ceremony at which a king or queen is crowned.
dedication the ceremony of opening something newly built, such as a building, a park, or a ship. [1/2 definitions]
exercise (often plural) a ceremony. [1/6 definitions]
festival a ceremony or celebration that repeats, often once a year, and involves special activities or amusements. [1/2 definitions]
function a formal social gathering or ceremony. [1/3 definitions]
funeral a ceremony for a dead person.
graduation the ceremony at which a diploma is given or received. [1/2 definitions]
inaugurate to put in office with an official ceremony. [1/2 definitions]
initiate to welcome as a member of a club or society by holding a formal ceremony or ritual. [1/2 definitions]
marriage the legal ceremony in which two people are joined; wedding. [1/2 definitions]
marshal a person who is in charge of a parade or ceremony. [1/3 definitions]
Mass a religious ceremony in the Roman Catholic and certain other churches. At a Mass, people seek communion with God.
memorial a ceremony, custom, building, or statue to honor a dead person or past event.