Parts of Speech


Root Word (Etymology)

from a derivative of 911

Dictionary Aids

TWOT Reference: TDNT 1:529

KJV Translation Count — 80x

The KJV translates Strongs H1 in the following manner: baptize (76), wash (2), baptist (1), baptized 2258 (1)

Outline of Biblical Usage

1. to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk)
2. to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one's self, bathe
3. to overwhelm
Not to be confused with 911, bapto. The clearest example that shows the meaning of baptizo is a text from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived about 200 B.C. It is a recipe for making pickles and is helpful because it uses both words. Nicander says that in order to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be 'dipped' (bapto) into boiling water and then 'baptised' (baptize) in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in a solution. But the first is temporary. The second, the act of baptising the vegetable, produces a permanent change. When used in the New Testament, this word more often refers to our union and identification with Christ than to our water baptism. e.g. Mark 16:16. 'He that believes and is baptised shall be saved'. Christ is saying that mere intellectual assent is not enough. There must be a union with him, a real change, like the vegetable to the pickle! (Bible Study Magazine, James Montgomery Boice, May 1989).

Strong's Definitions

bap-tid'-zo; from a derivative of (911) (βάπτω); to make whelmed (i.e. fully wet); used only (in the N.T.) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technical) of the ordinance of Christian baptism: — baptist, baptize, wash.

Concordance Results Using KJV

And were G907d of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.


I indeed G907 you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall G907 you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:


Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be G907d of him.


But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be G907d of thee, and comest thou to me?


And Jesus, when he was G907d, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:


But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be G907d with the baptism that I am G907d with? They say unto him, We are able.


And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be G907d with the baptism that I am G907d with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.


Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:


John did G907 in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.


And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all G907d of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.