baptize

To baptize is the ritual of bringing someone into the religion of Christianity. It’s usually when little babies get their heads sprinkled with water in a church.

The word baptize comes from Greek baptizein which means, "to dip in water." That’s what happens when you get baptized — you get sprinkled with or dunked in water by someone official from a church. Christian parents often choose to baptize their babies, but adults can get baptized, too.

Definitions of baptize
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v administer baptism to

“The parents had the child baptized
Synonyms:
baptise, christen
Type of:
call, name
assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to

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