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anoint

verb [T]  /əˈnɔɪnt/ us  
to put water or oil on someone in a religious ceremony: The archbishop was anointed in a ceremony at the cathedral. Anoint also means to choose someone or something for a particular job or purpose; designate: He anointed his eldest son as his successor. They anointed broadband as the Next Great Thing.
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