Variant of baptize
- 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: Middle 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 inch(es) post-classical Classical Greek chiefly inch(es) sense “to dip inch(es) dye”) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gwēbh-, to dip, plunge from source Old Norse kvefja, to plunge
- baptizer noun
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