- (Christianity) To perform the sacrament of baptism by sprinkling or pouring water over someone or immersing them in water.
- To dedicate or christen.
- (archaic, slang) Of rum, brandy, or any other spirits, to dilute with water.
1965, The Road to Santiago: Pilgrims of St. James, page 194:
- There's a good tavern nearby where they don't baptize liquor!
1973, Robert Speaight, Shakespeare on the Stage:
- In 1833 Charles Kingsley wrote of the Royal Victora Hall in the Waterloo Road as 'a licensed pit of darkness'. The darkness remained unrelieved until, in 1880, Miss Emma Cons took over the lease and baptized the drinks that were served at the bar and the songs that were sung on the stage.
- (slang) To ensure proper burning of a joint by moistening the exterior with saliva.
Perform the Christian sacrament of baptism
To dedicate or christen
Of rum, brandy, or any other spirits, to dilute with water
To ensure proper burning of a joint