- 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 baptize
I am most anxious to baptize my new Royalty in a glass of wine.Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
What right, said they, had a man to baptize who had been ordained in this irregular manner?History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
It was the practice, then, in Origen's day, to baptize infants.Bertha and Her Baptism
But how could he baptize the heathen child of heathen parents.
You must promise to marry us all, and then baptize the babies.'My Antonia
- 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 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.