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See synonyms for: anointanointedanointing on

verb (used with object)
  1. to rub or sprinkle on; apply an unguent, ointment, or oily liquid to.

  2. to smear with any liquid.

  1. to consecrate or make sacred in a ceremony that includes the token applying of oil: He anointed the new high priest.

  2. to dedicate to the service of God.

  3. to select for an honor, a particular role or office, etc.: After today’s interview, it looks like he will soon be anointed as head of the new Special Projects division.The headline read, “ anoints ‘allyship’ Word of the Year for 2021.”

Origin of anoint

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English anoynten, derivative of anoynt, enoynt (past participle), from Old French enoint, from Latin inūnctus “anointed” (past participle of inungere ), equivalent to in- in-2 + ung- “smear with oil” + -tus past participle suffix

Other words from anoint

  • a·noint·er, noun
  • a·noint·ment, noun
  • re·a·noint, verb (used with object)
  • re·a·noint·ment, noun

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How to use anoint in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for anoint


/ (əˈnɔɪnt) /

  1. to smear or rub over with oil or an oily liquid

  2. to apply oil to as a sign of consecration or sanctification in a sacred rite

Origin of anoint

C14: from Old French enoint, from enoindre, from Latin inunguere, from in- ² + unguere to smear with oil

Derived forms of anoint

  • anointer, noun
  • anointment, noun

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