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[uh-poin-tid] /əˈpɔɪn tɪd/
by, through, or as a result of an appointment (often in contrast with elected):
an appointed official.
predetermined; arranged; set:
They met at the appointed time in the appointed place.
provided with what is necessary; equipped; furnished:
a beautifully appointed office.
Origin of appointed
1525-35; appoint + -ed2
Related forms
quasi-appointed, adjective
unappointed, adjective


[uh-point] /əˈpɔɪnt/
verb (used with object)
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.
to determine by authority or agreement; fix; set:
to appoint a time for the meeting.
Law. to designate (a person) to take the benefit of an estate created by a deed or will.
to provide with what is necessary; equip; furnish:
They appointed the house with all the latest devices.
Archaic. to order or establish by decree or command; ordain; constitute:
laws appointed by God.
Obsolete. to point at by way of censure.
verb (used without object)
Obsolete. to ordain; resolve; determine.
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
1. choose, select. 2. prescribe, establish.
1. dismiss, discharge. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for appointed
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  • He made his submission a few days later than the appointed time.

    A History of England Charles Oman
  • Nevertheless, if appointed, he might have made an excellent policeman.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Lafayette was appointed to the committee on February 9, 1786.

    Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard
  • That is a safe guide, and whatever God has appointed there we can go and that we can do.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • It was very near the minute appointed for her to meet Carter at the square.

British Dictionary definitions for appointed


verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to assign officially, as for a position, responsibility, etc: he was appointed manager
to establish by agreement or decree; fix: a time was appointed for the duel
to prescribe or ordain: laws appointed by tribunal
(property law) to nominate (a person), under a power granted in a deed or will, to take an interest in property
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 appointed

with qualifying adverb, "equipped, furnished," 1530s, from past participle of 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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