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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Baptise, Baptese, v. Also: baptis, -iz(e, -ys, -yz, -eis, -eise, -eze, -ase; babtis, -iz. P.t. and p.p. baptisit, etc., also baptist(e, baptyst(e, babtist. [Early ME. baptis, baptize (c 1300), baptise, -yse, OF. baptiser, -izer, L. baptīzāre.]

1. tr. To baptize, to christen.(a) a1400 Leg. S. ii. 231 (thai sall baptis ȝow). c1420 Wynt. v. 2930 (othir sere that noucht baptysyd were); 4537 (he that baptyzyde suld have bene). 1456 Hay I. 11/30 (he convertit and baptisit mony paganis). 1520 Thanes of Cawdor 134 (thae sal baptys the barn). c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 59 (it sufficis nocht that we baptizit be). 1596 Dalr. I. 174/25 (thir twa in the haly fonte baptiset thame). 1617 Lett. to James VI liv (the naymes of all borne and babtized).(b) a1400 Leg. S. ii. 612 (he hym baptiste has); vi. 412 (that we suld baptist be). c1420 Wynt. v. 1606 (all the barnage than baptyst wes); 2869 (the Pape baptyst this Constantyne). 1490 Irland Mir. I. 73/9 (he may be baptist). 1554–5 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 354 (the south kirk dur, quhair the bairnis ar babtist).(c) 1567 G. Ball. 14 (Christ bapteist was be Johne). 1581 Burne Disput. 3 b (thay ar baptesit to de in him); 48 b (he baptesis sum as his beleuaris). 1602 Colville Parænese 66 (ve reid not that he baptesit any person). 1622-6 Bisset II. 281/7 (to bapteise and ministrat the sacramentis).

2. To name, designate. 1549 Compl. 4/7.
The vniuersal historiagrephours hes baptist hym to be ane of the principal of al the nyne noblis
1603 Moysie 146.
A greatt multitude of the inhabitants of Edinburgh contracted ane vnkoe sicknes, whilke was baptised kyndnes
1626 Garden Worthies 8.
When he deforc'd those famous forts which Fame Since to this day hes bapteis'd with his name

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