appoint

[uh-point]
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)
  1. Obsolete. to ordain; resolve; determine.

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

Synonyms for appoint

Antonyms for appoint

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Examples from the Web for appointer

Historical Examples of appointer

  • Diomed, who was rather ceremonious, had appointed a nomenclator, or appointer of places to each guest.

    The Last Days of Pompeii

    Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

  • Instead of Parliament they will try to rule with judges appointed by the king; they will do everything for their appointer.

    Balsamo, The Magician

    Alexander Dumas

  • The well-being of the country, with appointer and appointees, becomes a secondary consideration.


British Dictionary definitions for appointer

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
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 appointer

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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