anoint

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From Middle English enointen, anointen, borrowed from Old French enoint, past participle of enoindre (to anoint).

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  • IPA(key): /əˈnɔɪnt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔɪnt

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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.
  2. (transitive) To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred rite, especially for consecration.
  3. (transitive, figurative) To choose or nominate somebody for a leading or otherwise important position, especially formally or officially, or as an intended successor.
  4. (transitive, historical) To mark somebody as an official ruler, especially a king or queen, as a part of a religious ceremony.

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