- 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.
- to administer baptism.
Origin of baptize
Examples from the Web for baptise
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will baptise Prince George.First Photograph of Prince George at Christening as Godparents Finally Named
October 23, 2013
Second, he was trusted and it was required at his hands, to baptise the Son of Man.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
"I baptise it," he said with a smile, and then he sighed deeply.The Music Master
Don't you know that the midwife can baptise in case of need?Plays by August Strindberg, Fourth Series
It was customary to baptise infants on the third day after their birth.Shakespeare's England
A little girl was born to Aga yesterday, and I was sent for to baptise it.
- Christianity to immerse (a person) in water or sprinkle water on (a person) as part of the rite of baptism
- (tr) to give a name to; christen
- (tr) to cleanse; purify
Word Origin and History for baptise
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.