Baptize meaning

băp-tīz, băptīz
To admit into Christianity by means of baptism.
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To give a Christian name to a person; christen.
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To administer baptism.
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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.
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To subject to an initiation or an ordeal that purifies or cleanses.
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To give a first name to as part of the baptismal ceremony; christen.
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To administer baptism.
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To sprinkle or pour water over, or to immerse in water, as a spiritual cleansing process in the rite of Christian baptism.
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(slang) To ensure proper burning of a joint by moistening the exterior with saliva.
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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