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"anoint" in British English

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anointverb [T]

uk   /əˈnɔɪnt/  us   /əˈnɔɪnt/
anointed
adjective uk   /əˈnɔɪn.tɪd/  us   /əˈnɔɪn.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   /əˈnɔɪnt.mənt/  us   /əˈnɔɪnt.mənt/
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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)
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