verb (used with object), bap·tized, bap·tiz·ing.
verb (used without object), bap·tized, bap·tiz·ing.
Origin of baptize
Examples from the Web for baptize
Baptize means to immerse in, or wash with something, usually water.
"Maybe they were bringing the little children to him for him to baptize them," said the father.Dorothy Page|Eldridge B. Hatcher
No, he would die a heathen rather than ask for an archbishop to baptize him.Strange Stories from History for Young People|George Cary Eggleston
This immaculate idea, represented first by man and last by woman, will baptize with fire, etc.The Religio-Medical Masquerade|Frederick William Peabody
Did he not baptize those few with water for the same pacific purpose, or did he not at first receive full light upon this subject?Water Baptism|James H. Moon
Word Origin for baptize
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.