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
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
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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