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Old French enoint, past participle of enoindre, from Latin inungere, in + ungere or unguere ("to smear", "to anoint"). See ointment, unguent.



anoint (third-person singular simple present anoints, present participle anointing, simple past and past participle anointed)

  1. (transitive) To smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance; also, to spread over, as oil.
    • And fragrant oils the stiffened limbs anoint. —Dryden.
    • He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. —John ix. 6.
  2. (transitive) To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred rite, especially for consecration.
    • Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his [Aaron's] head and anoint him. —Exod. xxix. 7.
    • Anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. —1 Kings xix. 15.


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