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[bap-tahyz, bap-tahyz] /bæpˈtaɪz, ˈbæp taɪz/
verb (used with object), baptized, baptizing.
to immerse in water or sprinkle or pour water on in the Christian rite of baptism:
They baptized the new baby.
to cleanse spiritually; initiate or dedicate by purifying.
to give a name to at baptism; christen.
verb (used without object), baptized, baptizing.
to administer baptism.
Also, especially British, baptise.
Origin of baptize
1250-1300; Middle English < Late Latin baptizāre < Greek baptízein to immerse (bápt(ein) to bathe + -izein -ize)
Related forms
baptizable, adjective
baptizement, noun
baptizer, noun
rebaptize, verb, rebaptized, rebaptizing.
self-baptizer, noun
unbaptized, adjective Unabridged
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  • He was baptised in the Ouse, and became a professed member of the Baptist congregation.


    James Anthony Froude
  • She was very anxious to come out and be baptised, but her age was the difficulty.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • Or, having been baptised, should she not return home and live there as a Christian?

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • Katherine, baptised January 11, 1560 (Atherington Register).

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Item that he baptised her and gave her a new name and called her Caterine.

    The Witch-cult in Western Europe Margaret Alice Murray
  • The girl was a Wyandot from Lake Huron, and had been baptised but a week before.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • It was not for nothing that Ernest had been baptised in water from the Jordan.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • He that believeth and is baptised, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be damned.

  • The first became a Christian, as did his queen, and was baptised on January 10, 1830.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for baptised


(Christianity) to immerse (a person) in water or sprinkle water on (a person) as part of the rite of baptism
(transitive) to give a name to; christen
(transitive) to cleanse; purify
Word Origin
C13: from Late Latin baptīzāre, from Greek baptizein, from baptein to bathe, dip
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Word Origin and History for baptised



c.1300, from Old French batisier (11c.), from Latin baptizare, from Greek baptizein "to immerse, to dip in water," also used figuratively, e.g. "to be over one's head" (in debt, etc.), "to be soaked (in wine);" in Greek Christian usage, "baptize;" from baptein "to dip, steep, dye, color," from PIE root *gwabh- "to dip, sink." Christian baptism originally consisted in full immersion. Related: Baptized; baptizing.

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