Definition of anoint
1 : to smear or rub with oil or an oily substance
2a : to apply oil to as part of a religious ceremony The priest anointed the sick.b : to choose by or as if by divine election anoint him as his successor; also : to designate as if by a ritual anointment Critics have anointed her as an important new literary figure.
anointmentplay \-mənt\ noun
Examples of anoint in a Sentence
The magazine anointed her the most popular actress of the year.
anoint the wound with antiseptic to prevent infection
Recent Examples of anoint from the Web
Anointed with its new name, the product was buoyed by a heavy advertising effort that emphasized its versatility.
Being anointed a Sundance sensation brought with it scrutiny previously unknown to Nanjiani.
Green said — the Padres aren’t ready to anoint the 24-year-old a late-inning regular just yet.
These Finals anointed and stabilized one, and forced the other to ponder his future.
Members believe the sick will be anointed by elders and that their faith will heal all ailments.
When it was seized in early 2014, the northern Syrian city was anointed as the nerve center of the group's sprawling bureaucracy.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two members of an Oregon church that shuns traditional medicine in favor of prayer and anointing the sick with oils were arrested Monday in the death of their premature baby.
During the sacramental rite, a priest anointed them with oil and invoked the Holy Spirit.
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ANOINT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anoint for English Language Learners
: to put oil on (someone) as part of a religious ceremony
: to officially or formally choose (someone) to do or to be something
ANOINT Defined for Kids
Definition of anoint for Students
1 : to rub or cover with oil or grease
2 : to put oil on as part of a religious ceremony
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