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- v. To dedicate.
- v. To solemnly pronounce
- v. To declare, usually of a will, by word of mouth only.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To declare publicly or solemnly; to proclaim formally.
- transitive v. To dedicate by declaration; to inscribe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To vow publicly and solemnly.
- To dedicate; inscribe.
- To declare orally (a will or testament).
From Latin nuncupātus, past participle of nuncupō ("pronounce, name as heir"), contraction of nōmen ("name") and capiō ("take, seize") (Wiktionary)