bap·​tize | \ bap-ˈtīz How to pronounce baptize (audio) , 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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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, will be baptized on Saturday, July 6. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Likely Not Archie's Godparents," 6 July 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will baptize their son Archie Harrison on Saturday July 6 at Windsor Castle. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Why the Queen Will Not Attend Archie Harrison's Christening This Weekend," 5 July 2019 They were baptized again, this time in the Catholic Church. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "For generations, Illinois’ child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families with children in its care.," 20 June 2019 Sweden’s newest royal, Adrienne Josephine Alice, Princess of Sweden and Duchess of Blekinge, was baptized in royal splendor at the Royal Chapel in the Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, on Friday. Erin Hill,, "Royal Baby Christening! See All the Best Photos from Princess Adrienne of Sweden's Big Day," 8 June 2018 Markle was baptized on March 6 in the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace, according to a Daily Mail report. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding: Everything you need to know," 8 Mar. 2018 Ken was baptized on December 24, 1947 at St Luke's Lutheran Church in Freeland, Pennsylvania., "Kenneth Edward Sokolowski," 4 Feb. 2018 On Sunday, the royal family released Prince Louis' official christening photos, featuring Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and their extended family right after the tiniest Windsor was baptized. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Did You Catch This Cute Princess Charlotte Moment in Prince Louis' Christening Photo?," 16 July 2018 That's when they literally get baptized by seriously. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who are Dagwood and Juniper on "Riverdale"?," 25 Apr. 2019

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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 How to pronounce baptize (audio) , 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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