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“… one there and they anoint me the head …”

meanings of anoint


  1. To smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance; also, to spread over, as oil.
  2. To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred rite, especially for consecration.
  3. To mark somebody as an official ruler, especially a king or queen, as a part of a religious ceremony.
  4. To choose or nominate somebody for a leading or otherwise important position, especially formally or officially, or as an intended successor.