Meaning of “anoint” in the English Dictionary

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anointverb [ T ]

uk /əˈnɔɪnt/ us /əˈnɔɪnt/
adjective uk /əˈnɔɪn.tɪd/ us /əˈnɔɪn.t̬ɪd/


He's generally believed to be the anointed heir/successor to (= the one who will be chosen for) the presidency.
noun [ U ] uk /əˈnɔɪnt.mənt/ us /əˈnɔɪnt.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 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.

(Definition of “anoint” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)