Definition of baptize in English:

baptize

Line breaks: bap|tize
Pronunciation: /bapˈtʌɪz
 
/
(also baptise)

verb

[with object and often with complement]
  • 1Administer baptism to (someone); christen: he was baptized Joshua
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    • As a youngster, I was baptized but had no Christian upbringing.
    • The different Christian sects baptize children according to their own religious traditions.
    • If they are Christian, they baptize their children.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Admit (someone) into a specified Church by baptism: Mark had been baptized a Catholic
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    • It also has social consequences, for example when Victoria describes her knee-jerk reaction not to let her son be baptized into the Catholic church.
    • She was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, which faith she embraced to the end.
    • As a young man he was baptized into the Evangelical Mennonite Church, at that time known as the Kleine-gemeinde.
    Synonyms
    admit, introduce, initiate, enrol, recruit, convert
  • 1.2Give a name or nickname to: the media have baptized the murderer ‘The Babysitter’
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    • Bakalova's little known nickname, baptised by friends and relatives for luck, is ‘the golden fish’.
    • City of York Ladies Hockey Club failed to baptise their new name with a win in the season's opening North League game as they disappointingly slipped 5-1 at home to Leyland.
    • Now it is time for you to be baptized in the name of the Parent, as her servant and warrior in this realm.
    Synonyms
    name, give a name to, call, dub, nickname; label, style, term, describe as, title, entitle, designate
    rare clepe, denominate

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin baptizare, from Greek baptizein 'immerse, baptize'.

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