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appoint

[uh-point] /əˈpɔɪnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to name or assign to a position, an office, or the like; designate:
to appoint a new treasurer; to appoint a judge to the bench.
2.
to determine by authority or agreement; fix; set:
to appoint a time for the meeting.
3.
Law. to designate (a person) to take the benefit of an estate created by a deed or will.
4.
to provide with what is necessary; equip; furnish:
They appointed the house with all the latest devices.
5.
Archaic. to order or establish by decree or command; ordain; constitute:
laws appointed by God.
6.
Obsolete. to point at by way of censure.
verb (used without object)
7.
Obsolete. to ordain; resolve; determine.
Origin of appoint
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English apointen < Middle French apointer, equivalent to a- a-5 + pointer to point
Related forms
appointable, adjective
appointer, noun
misappoint, verb (used with object)
reappoint, verb (used with object)
unappointable, adjective
Synonyms
1. choose, select. 2. prescribe, establish.
Antonyms
1. dismiss, discharge.
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  • "Then I must insist that you appoint your successor," said Aspasia.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It fell to young Ried to appoint the committee on decoration.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • How would it do to appoint you, sir, to give us a few lectures in Hygiene?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Would it not be a good idea for you to appoint me your 'London agent?'

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • Ion replies that he is a foreigner, and the Athenians and Spartans will not appoint a foreigner to be their general.

    Ion Plato
British Dictionary definitions for appoint

appoint

/əˈpɔɪnt/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
(also intransitive) to assign officially, as for a position, responsibility, etc: he was appointed manager
2.
to establish by agreement or decree; fix: a time was appointed for the duel
3.
to prescribe or ordain: laws appointed by tribunal
4.
(property law) to nominate (a person), under a power granted in a deed or will, to take an interest in property
5.
to equip with necessary or usual features; furnish: a well-appointed hotel
Derived Forms
appointer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French apointer to put into a good state, from a point in good condition, literally: to a point
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Word Origin and History for appoint
v.

late 14c., "to decide, resolve; to arrange the time of (a meeting, etc.)," from Anglo-French appointer, Old French apointier "make ready, arrange, settle, place" (12c.), from apointer "duly, fitly," from phrase à point "to the point," from a- "to" (see ad-) + point "point," from Latin punctum (see point (n.)). The ground sense is "to come to a point (about some matter)," therefore "agree, settle." Meaning "put (someone) in charge" is early 15c. Related: Appointed; appointing.

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