verb bap·tize \bap-ˈtīz, ˈbap-ˌ, especially Southern bab- or ˈbab-\

: to perform the ceremony of baptism for (someone)

: to officially make someone a member of a specified Christian church through the ceremony of baptism

: to give (someone) a name through the ceremony of baptism

bap·tized also bap·tisedbap·tiz·ing also bap·tis·ing

Full Definition of BAPTIZE

transitive verb
:  to administer baptism to
a :  to purify or cleanse spiritually especially by a purging experience or ordeal
b :  initiate
:  to give a name to (as at baptism) :  christen
intransitive verb
:  to administer baptism
bap·tiz·er noun

Variants of BAPTIZE

bap·tize also bap·tise \bap-ˈtīz, ˈbap-ˌ, especially Southern bab- or ˈbab-\

Examples of BAPTIZE

  1. The priest baptized the baby.
  2. She was baptized at the age of 20.

Origin of BAPTIZE

Middle English, from Anglo-French baptiser, from Late Latin baptizare, from Greek baptizein to dip, baptize, from baptein to dip, dye; akin to Old Norse kvefja to quench
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

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BAPTIZES Defined for Kids


verb bap·tize \bap-ˈtīz, ˈbap-ˌtīz\

Definition of BAPTIZE for Kids

:  to dip in water or sprinkle water on as a part of the ceremony of receiving into the Christian church
:  to give a name to as in the ceremony of baptism :  christen


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