anoint

verb \ ə-ˈnȯint \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of anoint

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

anointer

noun

anointment

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of anoint in a Sentence

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

  2. anoint the wound with antiseptic to prevent infection

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Origin and Etymology of anoint

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

anoint Synonyms


ANOINT Defined for English Language Learners

anoint

verb

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

anoint

verb \ ə-ˈnȯint \

Definition of anoint for Students

anointed; anointing
1 :to rub or cover with oil or grease
2 :to put oil on as part of a religious ceremony


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