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 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.>
: to administer baptism
Examples of baptize in a sentence
The priest baptized the baby.
She was baptized at the age of 20.
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 century
BAPTIZE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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