variants: or less commonly baptise
baptized also baptised; baptizing also baptising
Definition of baptize
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.
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