- The definition of anoint means to smear or rub with oil.
An example of anoint is for a priest to baptize a baby with oil.
- to rub oil or ointment on
- to put oil on in a ceremony of consecration
Origin of anointMiddle English anointen ; from Old French enoindre ; from Classical Latin inunguere ; from in-, on + unguere, to smear: see unguent
transitive verba·noint·ed, a·noint·ing, a·noints
- To apply oil, ointment, or a similar substance to.
- To put oil on during a religious ceremony as a sign of sanctification or consecration.
- To choose by or as if by divine intervention.
Origin of anointMiddle English enointen, from Old French enoint, past participle of enoindre, from Latin inunguere, inūnct- : in-, on; see in–2 + unguere, to smear.
(third-person singular simple present anoints, present participle anointing, simple past and past participle anointed)
- To smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance; also, to spread over, as oil.
- And fragrant oils the stiffened limbs anoint. —Dryden.
- He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. —John ix. 6.
- To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred rite, especially for consecration.
- Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his [Aaron's] head and anoint him. —Exod. xxix. 7.
- Anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. —1 Kings xix. 15.