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appoint

[uh-point]
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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Obsolete. to ordain; resolve; determine.
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Origin of appoint

1325–75; Middle English apointen < Middle French apointer, equivalent to a- a-5 + pointer to point
Related formsap·point·a·ble, adjectiveap·point·er, nounmis·ap·point, verb (used with object)re·ap·point, verb (used with object)un·ap·point·a·ble, adjective

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Related Words for appoint

set, elect, name, nominate, choose, install, establish, assign, select, designate, finger, decree, tap, fix, direct, ordain, commission, settle, command, allot

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Historical Examples of appoint

  • "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.

  • How would it do to appoint you, sir, to give us a few lectures in Hygiene?

  • 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

verb (mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to assign officially, as for a position, responsibility, etche was appointed manager
  2. to establish by agreement or decree; fixa time was appointed for the duel
  3. to prescribe or ordainlaws 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; furnisha well-appointed hotel
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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

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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