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
During the sacramental rite, a priest anointed them with oil and invoked the Holy Spirit.
The Penguins continue to anoint new heroes, explore different paths to success.
As of 8 March that was no longer possible, so the Denver Post surveyed ex-players, managers, and sportswriters to anoint a successor.
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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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