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anoint

verb [T] uk   /əˈnɔɪnt/ us  

anoint verb [T] (IN A CEREMONY)

to make someone holy in a religious ceremony by putting holy water or oil on them to make someone king or queen, especially as part of a religious ceremony: [+ obj + noun ] In 751 Pepin was anointed king.

anoint verb [T] (FOR A JOB)

formal to choose someone to do a particular job, usually by a person in authority: [+ as + noun] It remains to be seen whom the chairman will anoint as his successor.
anointed
adjective uk   /əˈnɔɪn.tɪd/ us    /-t̬ɪd/
formal He's generally believed to be the anointed heir/successor to (= the one who will be chosen for) the presidency.
anointment
noun [U] uk   /-mənt/ us  
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