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6 definitions found
 for anoint
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Anoint \A*noint"\, p. p.
     Anointed. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Anoint \A*noint"\ ([.a]*noint"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Anointed;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Anointing.] [OF. enoint, p. p. of enoindre,
     fr. L. inungere; in + ungere, unguere, to smear, anoint. See
     Ointment, Unguent.]
     1. To smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance;
        also, to spread over, as oil.
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              And fragrant oils the stiffened limbs anoint.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.
                                                    --John ix. 6.
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     2. To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred
        rite, especially for consecration.
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              Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it
              upon his [Aaron's] head and anoint him. --Exod.
                                                    xxix. 7.
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              Anoint Hazael to be king over Syria.  --1 Kings xix.
                                                    15.
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     The Lord's Anointed, Christ or the Messiah; also, a Jewish
        or other king by "divine right." --1 Sam. xxvi. 9.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  anoint
      v 1: choose by or as if by divine intervention; "She was
           anointed the head of the Christian fundamentalist group"
      2: administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious
         ceremony of blessing [syn: anoint, inunct, oil,
         anele, embrocate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  45 Moby Thesaurus words for "anoint":
     administer the Eucharist, beeswax, chair, chrism, confirm, crown,
     daub, do duty, dope, dose, dress, drug, embrocate, enthrone,
     glycerolate, grease, grease the wheels, impose, inaugurate, induct,
     install, instate, invest, lard, lay hands on, lubricate, medicate,
     minister, officiate, oil, perform a rite, perform service, place,
     place in office, pomade, put in, salve, slick, slick on, smear,
     smooth the way, soap the ways, throne, unguent, wax
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Anoint
     The practice of anointing with perfumed oil was common among the
     Hebrews. (1.) The act of anointing was significant of
     consecration to a holy or sacred use; hence the anointing of the
     high priest (Ex. 29:29; Lev. 4:3) and of the sacred vessels (Ex.
     30:26). The high priest and the king are thus called "the
     anointed" (Lev. 4:3, 5, 16; 6:20; Ps. 132:10). Anointing a king
     was equivalent to crowning him (1 Sam. 16:13; 2 Sam. 2:4, etc.).
     Prophets were also anointed (1 Kings 19:16; 1 Chr. 16:22; Ps.
     105:15). The expression, "anoint the shield" (Isa. 21:5), refers
     to the custom of rubbing oil on the leather of the shield so as
     to make it supple and fit for use in war.
     
       (2.) Anointing was also an act of hospitality (Luke 7:38, 46).
     It was the custom of the Jews in like manner to anoint
     themselves with oil, as a means of refreshing or invigorating
     their bodies (Deut. 28:40; Ruth 3:3; 2 Sam. 14:2; Ps. 104:15,
     etc.). This custom is continued among the Arabians to the
     present day.
     
       (3.) Oil was used also for medicinal purposes. It was applied
     to the sick, and also to wounds (Ps. 109:18; Isa. 1:6; Mark
     6:13; James 5:14).
     
       (4.) The bodies of the dead were sometimes anointed (Mark
     14:8; Luke 23:56).
     
       (5.) The promised Deliverer is twice called the "Anointed" or
     Messiah (Ps. 2:2; Dan. 9:25, 26), because he was anointed with
     the Holy Ghost (Isa. 61:1), figuratively styled the "oil of
     gladness" (Ps. 45:7; Heb. 1:9). Jesus of Nazareth is this
     anointed One (John 1:41; Acts 9:22; 17:2, 3; 18:5, 28), the
     Messiah of the Old Testament.
     

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  ANOINT, v.t.  To grease a king or other great functionary already
  sufficiently slippery.
  
      As sovereigns are anointed by the priesthood,
      So pigs to lead the populace are greased good.
                                                                Judibras
  

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