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/ 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



OTHER WORDS FROM appoint Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for appointer

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

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for appointer

/ (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 forms of appoint

appointer, 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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