bap·​tize | \ bap-ˈtīz How to pronounce baptize (audio) , ˈbap-ˌtīz, especially Southern bab-ˈtīz or ˈbab-ˌtīz\
variants: or less commonly baptise
baptized also baptised; baptizing also baptising

Definition of baptize

transitive verb

1 religion : to administer baptism (see baptism sense 1) to baptize a child in the Episcopal Church was baptized a Catholic as an infant
2a : to purify or cleanse spiritually especially by a purging (see purge entry 1 sense 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

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Other Words from baptize

baptizer noun

Examples of baptize in a Sentence

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

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On Sunday, the royal family released Prince Louis' official christening photos, featuring Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and their extended family right after the tiniest Windsor was baptized. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Did You Catch This Cute Princess Charlotte Moment in Prince Louis' Christening Photo?," 16 July 2018 That's when they literally get baptized by seriously. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who are Dagwood and Juniper on "Riverdale"?," 25 Apr. 2019 My family is part of the many Filipino households that see Catholicism as a given, not a choice, and I was baptized as a baby like most Catholics. Jasmine Arielle Ting, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Shows That There's Power in Questioning Your Religion," 5 Apr. 2019 Kate Middleton was confirmed and Meghan Markle was baptized and confirmed ahead of their wedding days. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Stuck to Royal Tradition," 19 May 2018 She was baptized and confirmed into the Church of England. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "After the royal wedding, will Meghan Markle have to rein in her activism?," 18 May 2018 People who have prepared to become part of the church are baptized and partake in communion for the first time. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Holy Saturday, the Day Before Easter, and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 1 Mar. 2019 But playtime ended inside the chapel when Leonore's little sister was baptized in front of her royal family. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Young Princess Leonore gets attention at her sister's christening for going barefoot," 13 June 2018 At one point Travis, who appears in certain parts of the video in a very Jesus-like look, seems to be baptizing his fans and flying through the air. Dan Barna, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Transforms Into the Virgin Mary for Travis Scott's "Stop Trying to Be God" Video," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of baptize

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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English Language Learners 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


bap·​tize | \ bap-ˈtīz How to pronounce baptize (audio) , ˈbap-ˌtīz\
baptized; baptizing

Kids Definition of baptize

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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