[ bap-tahyz, bap-tahyz ]
/ bæpˈtaɪz, ˈbæp taɪz /
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verb (used with object), bap·tized, bap·tiz·ing.
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), bap·tized, bap·tiz·ing.
to administer baptism.
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Also especially British, bap·tise .
Origin of baptize
1250–1300; Middle English <Late Latin baptizāre<Greek baptízein to immerse (bápt(ein) to bathe + -izein-ize)
OTHER WORDS FROM baptize
bap·tiz·a·ble, adjectivebap·tize·ment, nounbap·tiz·er, nounre·bap·tize, verb, re·bap·tized, re·bap·tiz·ing.
self-bap·tiz·er, nounun·bap·tized, adjective
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How to use baptize in a sentence
She regularly attended the evangelical Citygate Church in Bournemouth and was baptised there.British Mother ‘Poisoned’ To Death By Pot|The Telegraph|January 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the island of Cebu, Magellan made friends with the king, who was baptised by the priests, and pretended to become a Christian.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
Moffat found that chief in great difficulties, but still holding to the faith into which he had been baptised by Livingstone.Robert Moffat|David J. Deane
On the 25th, the infant princess was baptised: the name given to her was Helena Augusta Victoria.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
We are coming also to the church of St. Germain l'Auxerrois, where he was married and where his first son was baptised.A Wanderer in Paris|E. V. Lucas
When soldiers have been baptised in the fire of a battlefield, they have all one rank in my eyes.
British Dictionary definitions for baptize
/ (bæpˈtaɪz) /
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 for baptize
C13: from Late Latin baptīzāre, from Greek baptizein, from baptein to bathe, dip
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