\ \ [13] The underlying notion of baptize is of ‘dipping’, as those baptized were originally (and sometimes still are) immersed in water. It comes from Greek bápteindip’, whose derivative baptízeinbaptize’ passed via Latin baptizāre and Old French baptiser into English.
\ \ Old Norse kafadive’ is a Germanic relative.

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