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anoint

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verb \ə-ˈnȯint\

Simple Definition of anoint

  • : to put oil on (someone) as part of a religious ceremony

  • : to officially or formally choose (someone) to do or to be something

Full Definition of anoint

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to smear or rub with oil or an oily substance

  3. 2 a :  to apply oil to as a sacred rite especially for consecration b :  to choose by or as if by divine election; also :  to designate as if by a ritual anointment <critics anointed the author as the bright new talent>

anoint·er noun
anoint·mentplay \-mənt\ noun

Examples of anoint

  1. The magazine anointed her the most popular actress of the year.

  2. <anoint the wound with antiseptic to prevent infection>



Origin of anoint

Middle English, from Anglo-French enoint, past participle of enoindre, from Latin inunguere, from in- + unguere to smear — more at ointment


First Known Use: 14th century



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