anoint

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verb \ə-ˈnȯint\

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>

anointer

noun

anointment

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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>

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


First Known Use: 14th century


ANOINT Defined for English Language Learners

anoint

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verb \ə-ˈnȯint\

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

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verb \ə-ˈnȯint\

Definition of anoint for Students

anointed

anointing

  1. 1 :  to rub or cover with oil or grease

  2. 2 :  to put oil on as part of a religious ceremony



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