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baptize

bap·tize

baptize

 
pronunciation:
baep taIz
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part of speech: verb
inflections: baptized, baptizes, baptizing
definition 1: to perform the Christian ceremony of dipping in or sprinkling with water as a symbol of becoming a member of the church.
similar words:
christen
definition 2: to give a Christian name to by means of this ceremony.
The baby was baptized John, after the prophet.
similar words:
christen
derivation: baptizer (n.)
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The word baptize contains the following part:
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize ).