[ bap-tahyz, bap-tahyz ]
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verb (used with object),bap·tized, bap·tiz·ing.
  1. to immerse in water or sprinkle or pour water on in the Christian rite of baptism: They baptized the new baby.

  2. to cleanse spiritually; initiate or dedicate by purifying.

  1. to give a name to at baptism; christen.

verb (used without object),bap·tized, bap·tiz·ing.
  1. to administer baptism.

Origin of baptize

1250–1300; Middle English <Late Latin baptizāre<Greek baptízein to immerse (bápt(ein) to bathe + -izein-ize)
  • Also especially British, bap·tise .

Other words from baptize

  • bap·tiz·a·ble, adjective
  • bap·tize·ment, noun
  • bap·tiz·er, noun
  • re·bap·tize, verb, re·bap·tized, re·bap·tiz·ing.
  • self-bap·tiz·er, noun
  • un·bap·tized, adjective

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How to use baptize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for baptize



/ (bæpˈtaɪz) /

  1. Christianity to immerse (a person) in water or sprinkle water on (a person) as part of the rite of baptism

  2. (tr) to give a name to; christen

  1. (tr) to cleanse; purify

Origin of baptize

C13: from Late Latin baptīzāre, from Greek baptizein, from baptein to bathe, dip

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