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Baptize definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BAPTI'ZE, v.t. [See Baptism.] To administer the sacrament of baptism to; to christen. By some denominations of christians, baptism is performed by plunging, or immersing the whole body in water, and this is done to none but adults. More generally the ceremony is performed by sprinkling water on the face of a person, whether an infant or an adult,and in the case of an infant,by giving him a name, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which is called Christening.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: administer baptism to; "The parents had the child baptized" [syn: baptize, baptise, christen]

Merriam Webster's

also baptise verb (baptized; also baptised; baptizing; also baptising) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French baptiser, from Late Latin baptizare, from Greek baptizein to dip, baptize, from baptein to dip, dye; akin to Old Norse kvefja to quench Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to administer baptism to 2. a. to purify or cleanse spiritually especially by a purging experience or ordeal b. initiate 3. to give a name to (as at baptism) ; christen intransitive verb to administer baptism baptizer noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. (also -ise) 1 (also absol.) administer baptism to. 2 give a name or nickname to; christen. Etymology: ME f. OF baptiser f. eccl.L baptizare f. Gk baptizo immerse, baptize

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Baptize Bap*tize", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baptized; p. pr. & vb. n. Baptizing.] [F. baptiser, L. baptizare, fr.Gr. ?. See Baptism.] 1. To administer the sacrament of baptism to. 2. To christen ( because a name is given to infants at their baptism); to give a name to; to name. I'll be new baptized; Henceforth I never will be Romeo. --Shak. 3. To sanctify; to consecrate.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(baptizes, baptizing, baptized) Note: in BRIT, also use 'baptise' When someone is baptized, water is put on their heads or they are covered with water as a sign that their sins have been forgiven and that they have become a member of the Christian Church. Compare christen. At this time she decided to become a Christian and was baptised... VERB: usu passive, be V-ed

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Administer baptism to. 2. Christen.

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