What does the word baptize mean?

Usage examples for baptize

  1. Johanna, in the gallery, did, when Father Tombs, with dripping hand, said, " Rose, I baptize thee." – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  2. At least, let me baptize them- now, at once, ' he spoke earnestly. – The Pillars of the House, V1 by Charlotte M. Yonge