Baptize Definition

băp-tīz, băptīz
baptized, baptizes, baptizing
baptized, baptizes, baptizing
To admit into Christianity by means of baptism.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
To administer baptism.
Webster's New World
To cleanse or purify.
American Heritage
To subject to an initiation or an ordeal that purifies or cleanses.
Webster's New World

Origin of Baptize

  • Middle English baptizen from Old French baptiser from Late Latin baptīzāre from Greek baptizein from baptein to dip

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary

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