Definition of baptize in English:


(also baptise)


  • 1with object and often with complement Administer baptism to (someone); christen.

    ‘he was baptized Joshua’
    • ‘If they are Christian, they baptize their children.’
    • ‘The communal nature of this endeavor is based in baptism, because all who are baptized belong to Christ and are committed to follow him as disciples.’
    • ‘In 1925 father was baptized upon the confession of his faith in Jesus Christ and accepted as a member in the Neuendorf Mennonite Church.’
    • ‘Christians were to be baptized in their parishes, be married, make their confessions, take communion, and be buried there.’
    • ‘Like many people who were baptized and raised by Christian parents, I have no recollection of the precise moment I became a Christian, nor do I recall a time when I was an unbeliever.’
    • ‘Four babies were baptised in the parish over the last two weeks.’
    • ‘Both children were recently baptized in the parish.’
    • ‘Here, the biblical narrative describes how Christ was baptized, how he defeated Satan and the work of sin, and how he ascended to reign on his heavenly throne.’
    • ‘As a youngster, I was baptized but had no Christian upbringing.’
    • ‘The different Christian sects baptize children according to their own religious traditions.’
    • ‘I accepted Jesus as a child, was baptized, attended a Christian school, and participated in Bible quizzing.’
    • ‘Many Christians have been baptised with the Holy Spirit but due to careless living (lack of prayer or living in sin) they are no longer filled with the power.’
    • ‘When it was reported that a Christian midwife secretly baptized a Jewish infant who died a few days later, the body was exhumed from the Jewish cemetery and buried beside the local church.’
    • ‘Consequently, at no time during his pastoral career could he baptize babies or administer the sacraments, although he could both preach and instruct children in religious precepts.’
    • ‘Deliziosi, Don Pino's biographer, notes the paradox of a parish priest who died at the hands of Christians who were baptized in the same parish.’
    • ‘Although He had nothing to repent of, Jesus Christ was baptized as an example for those who truly follow Him.’
    • ‘Ironically, John promises that Jesus will baptize us with the same elements that the author of Isaiah mentions as dangers.’
    • ‘Easter was also the natural time for baptising adults who wished to follow the way of Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘On the other, immense courage is needed to confess Christ, be baptised, and live and witness as a Christian.’
    • ‘Both children were baptized in the parish last week.’
    christen, immerse, sprinkle
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    1. 1.1 Admit (someone) into a specified Church by baptism.
      ‘Mark had been baptized a Catholic’
      • ‘In 1836, after several weeks of prayer and contemplation, he was converted and baptized into the membership of a Baptist church.’
      • ‘When swimmers climb out I congratulate them on being baptized into the Universal Life Church and hand them their commemorative certificates.’
      • ‘I'm really going to spend all my time trying to keep Jackson from being forcibly baptized into the Catholic church.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact although George's parents were Jewish, he was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church shortly after his birth.’
      • ‘As a young man he was baptized into the Evangelical Mennonite Church, at that time known as the Kleine-gemeinde.’
      • ‘Many Guajiro infants are not only baptized into the Catholic Church, but also given a private Guajiro naming ceremony.’
      • ‘I suffered here 18 years because I am a Christian, because I was baptised into Christianity.’
      • ‘Born to Italian-Jewish parents, in 1817 Disraeli's father baptised his children as Christians.’
      • ‘He himself was brought up a Muslim but had been baptized into the African Church, an indigenous separatist movement, at the urging of his uncle Amos Elegbede.’
      • ‘That same day 3000 souls were baptized into the Christian church.’
      • ‘She was baptized into the Schoenfelder Gemeinde in Pigeon Lake in 1934 by Altester Johann Klassen.’
      • ‘Sigrid Undset wrote Kristin Lavransdatter a year before she was baptized a Catholic, but she had probably been intellectually converted to the Catholic faith by the time she wrote her masterpiece.’
      • ‘I promised God at that time: if my wife could get a job in the United States, I would be baptized into the church.’
      • ‘At middle school he was baptized a Christian, and went on to study theology at Meiji University.’
      • ‘She was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, which faith she embraced to the end.’
      • ‘I was baptized as a Christian at 17 but I backslid.’
      • ‘And that started when his mother baptized him as a Christian in the Orthodox church.’
      • ‘John Spong was validly baptized into a Church that professes (at least on paper) the Creeds.’
      • ‘Mother gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Steinbach on July 29, 1929 by Minister F.C. Fricke.’
      admit, introduce, initiate, enrol, recruit, convert
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    2. 1.2 Give a name or nickname to.
      ‘the media have baptized the murderer ‘The Babysitter’’
      • ‘Pilots baptised their planes in her name and entire regiments were dedicated to her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The idea of this third solution is very old indeed, and the French have long since baptized it with a pertinent name.’
      • ‘Bakalova's little known nickname, baptised by friends and relatives for luck, is ‘the golden fish’.’
      • ‘Now it is time for you to be baptized in the name of the Parent, as her servant and warrior in this realm.’
      • ‘It was baptised with the spectacularly unimaginative name of ‘Latest News’, a name that lives on in the site's URLs today.’
      • ‘We grow accustomed to what suits us, until it somehow becomes baptized with the name: that's how things are done around here.’
      • ‘And it was a shining example of how history is really forged, not recorded, baptized in the indefatigable whirl of media spin.’
      • ‘It was as if he had been baptised in the name of the blues.’
      • ‘Schumpeter baptized three of the four cycles by naming them after their discoverers.’
      • ‘Even place names have politics and the baptizing and rebaptizing of place is interwoven with a group's claim to it.’
      name, give a name to, call, dub, nickname
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Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin baptizare, from Greek baptizein ‘immerse, baptize’.