baptize

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From Old French baptiser, batisier, from Ecclesiastical Latin baptizare, from Ancient Greek βαπτίζω (baptízō, to immerse, plunge, baptize).

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baptize (third-person singular simple present baptizes, present participle baptizing, simple past and past participle baptized)

  1. To sprinkle or pour water over, or to immerse in water, as a spiritual cleansing process in the rite of Christian baptism.
  2. To dedicate or christen.
  3. (obsolete, slang) Of rum, brandy, or any other spirits, to dilute with water.
  4. (slang) To ensure proper burning of a joint by moistening the exterior with saliva.

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