- 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.
- Obsolete. to ordain; resolve; determine.
Origin of appoint
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Examples from the Web for appoint
And he was said to be urging Obama to appoint her as his successor.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch
November 8, 2014
Baquet and his evolving leadership team (he has yet to appoint a managing editor) face daunting challenges.Dean Baquet, the NYT’s Executive Editor, on Jill Abramson, Race, Surviving Cancer—and TMZ Envy
September 16, 2014
The online recruiters say IS can appoint a guardian for them to provide permission.The ISIS Online Campaign Luring Western Girls to Jihad
August 6, 2014
They asked for HUD to appoint an official to monitor the distribution of recovery funds in New Jersey.N.J. Democrat Frank Pallone: Republicans Were Right to Worry About Sandy Aid Being Mishandled
March 24, 2014
Why would you go out and appoint Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and carry over that old regime?Oliver Stone on the Tyranny of Obama’s ‘Exceptional’ America
October 17, 2013
"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
Ion replies that he is a foreigner, and the Athenians and Spartans will not appoint a foreigner to be their general.Ion
- (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
Word Origin and History for appoint
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.