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anoint

a·noint

anoint

 
pronunciation:
noInt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: anointed, anointing, anoints
definition 1: to put oil or ointment on, especially as part of a religious ritual that confers honor and sacredness.
The Egyptian mummies were anointed with perfumed oils.The queen was anointed before being crowned.I will now anoint myself with my new, expensive suntan lotion.
synonyms:
embrocate, oil
similar words:
lubricate, salve, smear
definition 2: to confer a particular high status on by applying oil, as in a religious ritual.
The priests anointed him king.
synonyms:
consecrate, hallow, sanctify
similar words:
crown, enthrone, ordain
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