Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To apply oil, ointment, or a similar substance to.
  • transitive v. To put oil on during a religious ceremony as a sign of sanctification or consecration.
  • transitive v. To choose by or as if by divine intervention.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance; also, to spread over, as oil.
  • v. To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred rite, especially for consecration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance; also, to spread over, as oil.
  • transitive v. To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred rite, especially for consecration.
  • Anointed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pour oil upon; smear or rub over with oil or any unctuous substance; hence, to smear with any liquid.
  • To consecrate, especially a king, priest, or prophet, by unction, or the use of oil.
  • To serve as an ointment for; lubricate.
  • Obsolete past participle of anoint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
  • v. choose by or as if by divine intervention

Etymologies

Middle English enointen, from Old French enoint, past participle of enoindre, from Latin inunguere, in┼źnct- : in-, on; see in-2 + unguere, to smear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French enoint, past participle of enoindre, from Latin inungere, in + ungere or unguere ("to smear", "to anoint"). See ointment, unguent. (Wiktionary)

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