- 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 reappointed
Greenspan was presiding over a broad expansion when he was reappointed.Janet Yellen’s Historic Nomination For Federal Reserve Chairwoman
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Leonhart, initially selected under George W. Bush, was reappointed by President Obama as the head of the DEA.New Jersey Patients in Pain Over Scarcity of Medical Marijuana
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Monti could be—and many say should be—reappointed if whoever wins decides to keep him on.Brace Yourself, Italy’s Politicians Will Soon Return
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November 4, 2012
In a colorful and widely repeated quote, Johnson explained why he reappointed Hoover.J. Edgar Hoover Unmasked
November 7, 2011
Platt issued an ultimatum that Payn must be reappointed or he would fight.Theodore Roosevelt and His Times
I've accepted your resignation, conscripted you again, and reappointed you——!A Man of the People
Cruzat was reappointed in September and served until November, 1787.
Elizabeth was reappointed maid of honour to her, still in her maiden name.Historic Oddities
In 1877-78, the committee, not having as yet acted, was reappointed.Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England
Richard Valpy French
- (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 reappointed
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.