1. (n.) A building set apart for Christian worship.

2. (n.) A Jewish or heathen temple.

3. (n.) A formally organized body of Christian believers worshiping together.

4. (n.) A body of Christian believers, holding the same creed, observing the same rites, and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority; a denomination; as, the Roman Catholic church; the Presbyterian church.

5. (n.) The collective body of Christians.

6. (n.) Any body of worshipers; as, the Jewish church; the church of Brahm.

7. (n.) The aggregate of religious influences in a community; ecclesiastical influence, authority, etc.; as, to array the power of the church against some moral evil.

8. (v. t.) To bless according to a prescribed form, or to unite with in publicly returning thanks in church, as after deliverance from the dangers of childbirth; as, the churching of women.

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