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)
From Old French baptiser, batisier, from Ecclesiastical Latin baptizare, from Ancient Greek βαπτίζω (baptizō, “to immerse, plunge, baptize”).