baptize[bap tīz′, bap′tīz]
A man being baptized in a river.
transitive verbbaptized, baptizing
- to immerse (an individual) in water, or pour or sprinkle water over (the individual), as a symbol of admission into Christianity or a specific Christian church
- to subject to an initiation or an ordeal that purifies or cleanses
- to give a first name to as part of the baptismal ceremony; christen
Origin of baptizeMiddle English baptisen ; from Old French baptiser ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin baptizare ; from Classical Greek baptizein, to immerse, baptize, substituted for earlier baptein, to dip (used in post-classical Classical Greek chiefly in sense “to dip in dye”) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gwēbh-, to dip, plunge from source Old Norse kvefja, to plunge
verbbap·tized, bap·tiz·ing, bap·tiz·es
- To admit into Christianity by means of baptism.
- a. To cleanse or purify.b. To initiate.
- To give a Christian name to a person; christen.
Origin of baptizeMiddle English baptizen, from Old French baptiser, from Late Latin baptīzāre, from Greek baptizein, from baptein, to dip.
(third-person singular simple present baptizes, present participle baptizing, simple past and past participle baptized)