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bap·tize  (bp-tz, bptz)
v. bap·tized, bap·tiz·ing, bap·tiz·es
v.tr.
1. To admit into Christianity by means of baptism.
2.
a. To cleanse or purify.
b. To initiate.
3. To give a first or Christian name to; christen.
v.intr.
To administer baptism.

[Middle English baptizen, from Old French baptiser, from Late Latin baptzre, from Greek baptizein, from baptein, to dip.]

bap·tizer n.
baptize

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