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baptize

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

Simple Definition of baptize

  • : 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

Full Definition of baptize

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to administer baptism to

  3. 2 a :  to purify or cleanse spiritually especially by a purging experience or ordeal b :  initiate

  4. 3 :  to give a name to (as at baptism) :  christen

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to administer baptism

bap·tiz·er noun

Examples of baptize

  1. The priest baptized the baby.

  2. She was baptized at the age of 20.



Variants of baptize

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

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

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