bap·tize | \bap-ˈtīz, 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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Appeals to scripture become a way to baptize our bigotries and consecrate our callousness. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 And in March, she was baptized into the Church of England by Welby. -- (c) 2018, The Washington Post. The Washington Post,, "Meet the American who will preach at the royal wedding," 16 May 2018 Little Princess Victoria was baptized in 1841 in Buckingham Palace, on her parents' first wedding anniversary. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Prince Louis's Christening Dress Has a Fascinating History," 9 July 2018 While Louis’s older sister Princess Charlotte was baptized at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Prince George’s christening was at the Chapel Royal in 2013. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Prince Louis' Christening Venue Has a Poignant Tie to Princess Diana. Here's What to Know About the Chapel Royal," 9 July 2018 Growing up directly opposite each other, they were baptized in the village church and married a few miles down the road before emigrating to the United States. Katrin Bennhold,, "Trump’s ancestral village abounds with his relatives. Few will admit it," 3 July 2018 Growing up directly opposite each other, they were baptized in the village church and married a few miles down the road before immigrating to the United States. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Trump’s Ancestral Village Abounds With His Relatives. Few Admit a Link.," 2 July 2018 Five monarchs have been baptized in the gown, beginning with Victoria and Albert's first son, the future Edward VII. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Prince Louis's Christening Dress Has a Fascinating History," 9 July 2018 Born on Christmas Day in 1923 in Avignon, France, Girard had been baptized Catholic. Frank Wilson,, "'Evolution of Desire': René Girard, a man in full," 6 July 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, 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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