from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To admit into Christianity by means of baptism.
- transitive v. To cleanse or purify.
- transitive v. To initiate.
- transitive v. To give a first or Christian name to; christen.
- intransitive v. To administer baptism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To sprinkle or pour water over, or to immerse in water, as a spiritual cleansing process in the rite of Christian baptism.
- v. To dedicate or christen.
- v. Of rum, brandy, or any other spirits, to dilute with water.
- v. To ensure proper burning of a joint by moistening the exterior with saliva.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To administer the sacrament of baptism to.
- transitive v. To christen (because a name is given to infants at their baptism); to give a name to; to name.
- transitive v. To sanctify; to consecrate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To administer the rite of baptism to. See baptism.
- To christen; name; denominate: with allusion to the naming of infants at baptism.
- Sometimes spelled baptise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. administer baptism to
Middle English baptizen, from Old French baptiser, from Late Latin baptīzāre, from Greek baptizein, from baptein, to dip.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French baptiser, batisier, from Ecclesiastical Latin baptizare, from Ancient Greek βαπτίζω ("to immerse, plunge, baptize"). (Wiktionary)