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anoint

[ uh-noint ]
/ əˈnɔɪnt /
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verb (used with object)
to rub or sprinkle on; apply an unguent, ointment, or oily liquid to.
to smear with any liquid.
to consecrate or make sacred in a ceremony that includes the token applying of oil: He anointed the new high priest.
to dedicate to the service of God.
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, “Dictionary.com anoints ‘allyship’ Word of the Year for 2021.”
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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

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British Dictionary definitions for anoint

anoint
/ (əˈnɔɪnt) /

verb (tr)
to smear or rub over with oil or an oily liquid
to apply oil to as a sign of consecration or sanctification in a sacred rite

Derived forms of anoint

anointer, nounanointment, noun

Word Origin for anoint

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