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Meaning of “anoint” in the English Dictionary

"anoint" in British English

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anointverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈnɔɪnt/
  • anoint verb [T] (FOR A JOB)

formal to ​choose someone to do a ​particularjob, 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 ​generallybelieved to be the anointed heir/​successor to (= the one who will be ​chosen for) the ​presidency.
anointment
noun [U] uk   us   /-mənt/
(Definition of anoint from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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anointverb [T]

 us   /əˈnɔɪnt/
to put ​water or ​oil on someone in a ​religiousceremony: The ​archbishop was anointed in a ​ceremony at the ​cathedral. Anoint also ​means to ​choose someone or something for a ​particularjob or ​purpose; ​designate: He anointed his ​eldestson as his ​successor. They anointed ​broadband as the Next ​Great Thing.
(Definition of anoint from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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