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verb [transitive]     anoint pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleanointing
past tenseanointed
past participleanointed
  1. 1
    to put oil on a part of someone’s body in a religious ceremony
  2. 2
    often humorous to decide that someone should be given a particular important job

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