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
The last time someone was convicted of blasphemy in Denmark was 71 years ago when a man dressed up as a priest and mock-baptized a doll at a masquerade.
Brannon then baptized Noriega in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In another, a priest baptizes a child in Pale, a Serbian stronghold during that same brutal siege.
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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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