Definition of baptize
1 religion : to administer baptism (see baptism 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 1purge 1) experience or ordeal … baptized with pain and rapture, tears and fire … — Sidney Lanierb : 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.
: to administer baptism
Examples of baptize in a Sentence
The priest baptized the baby.
She was baptized at the age of 20.
Recent Examples of baptize from the Web
In a fall 2016 interview with The Times-Picayune, Foots' mother, Gloria Byrd, said her son had worked as a welder for Mobile Oil and took a part-time job as the janitor at Pentecost Baptist Church, where he was baptized.
He was baptized on November 11, 1483, and some of the original remains of the font can still be seen in the middle of the chancel.
That was interrupted in 2015 when the church adopted new rules banning children living with gay parents from being baptized until age 18.
Some of Mendelssohn’s religious works leave a funny taste, considering that he was raised in a Jewish household but was baptized Lutheran (on Bach’s birthday, no less).
On the surface, Vigilia is about St. John the Baptist and his fate to baptize Christ but meet an early, un-glorious death.
Ruth Graham stuck with her denomination – her parents were Presbyterian medical missionaries in China – and refused to be baptized by immersion, the way Baptists do.
The 18-year-old, who was baptized and confirmed as a Methodist, doesn’t believe in an afterlife, but still believes in a God.
Lisa Dvorak and her husband were married at St. Leo's and each of their four children was baptized there.
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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
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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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
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