- Agent noun of baptize; a person who baptizes.
Variant of baptize
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
to administer baptism