Definition of anoint
- The priest anointed the sick.
- anoint him as his successor
- Critics have anointed her as an important new literary figure.
The magazine anointed her the most popular actress of the year.
anoint the wound with antiseptic to prevent infection
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: to put oil on (someone) as part of a religious ceremony
: to officially or formally choose (someone) to do or to be something
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