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baptize

bap·tize

baptize

 
pronunciation:
baep taIz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: baptized, baptizes, baptizing
definition 1: to administer the Christian rite of immersion in or sprinkling with water, to purify symbolically and admit to church membership.
The minister baptized the baby last Sunday.
similar words:
christen
definition 2: to purify symbolically; initiate by purifying rite.
definition 3: to give a first or Christian name to by means of a baptismal ceremony.
similar words:
christen
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to perform baptism.
Does this church baptize?
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derivation: baptizer (n.)
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