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/ əˈpɔɪnt /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
Obsolete. to ordain; resolve; determine.
Words nearby appoint
Origin of appoint
OTHER WORDS FROM appoint
ap·point·a·ble, adjectiveap·point·er, nounmis·ap·point, verb (used with object)re·ap·point, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for misappoint
/ (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 appointappointer, 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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