Meaning of baptize

bap•tize

Pronunciation: (bap-tīz', bap'tīz), [key]
— v., -tized, -tiz•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to immerse in water or sprinkle or pour water on in the Christian rite of baptism: They baptized the new baby.
  2. to cleanse spiritually; initiate or dedicate by purifying.
  3. to give a name to at baptism; christen.
—v.i.
  1. to administer baptism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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