appoint

[ uh-point ]
/ əˈpɔɪnt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Obsolete. to ordain; resolve; determine.

Origin of appoint

1325–75; Middle English apointen < Middle French apointer, equivalent to a- a-5 + pointer to point
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British Dictionary definitions for appoint

appoint

/ (əˈpɔɪnt) /

verb (mainly tr)

(also intr) to assign officially, as for a position, responsibility, etche was appointed manager
to establish by agreement or decree; fixa time was appointed for the duel
to prescribe or ordainlaws 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; furnisha well-appointed hotel
Derived Formsappointer, noun

Word Origin for appoint

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

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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