baptize

verb bap·tize \ bap-ˈtīz , ˈbap-ˌ , especially Southern bab- or ˈbab- \
variants: or less commonly baptise
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of baptize

baptized also baptised; baptizing also baptising
transitive verb
1 religion :to administer baptism (see baptism 1) to
  • baptize a child in the Episcopal Church
  • was baptized a Catholic as an infant
2 a :to purify or cleanse spiritually especially by a purging (see 1purge 1) experience or ordeal
  • baptized with pain and rapture, tears and fire …
  • —Sidney Lanier
b :initiate
  • Both developments were baptized under last season's conditions of scanty snow …
  • New York Times
3 :to give a name to (as at baptism) :christen
  • Theybaptized their son "John" after the baby's grandfather.
intransitive verb
:to administer baptism

baptizer

noun

Examples of baptize in a Sentence

  1. The priest baptized the baby.

  2. She was baptized at the age of 20.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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BAPTIZE Defined for English Language Learners

baptize

verb

Definition of baptize for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BAPTIZE Defined for Kids

baptize

verb bap·tize \ bap-ˈtīz , ˈbap-ˌtīz \

Definition of baptize for Students

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


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