baptize /bapˈtʌɪz / baptise


I. verb [with obj. and often with complement]

1. administer baptism to (someone); christen

he was baptized Joshua.
2. admit (someone) into a specified Church by baptism

Mark had been baptized a Catholic.
3. give a name or nickname to

the media have baptized the murderer ‘The Babysitter’.
– origin Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin baptizare, from Greek baptizein ‘immerse, baptize’.

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