ap·​point | \ ə-ˈpȯint How to pronounce appoint (audio) \
appointed; appointing; appoints

Definition of appoint

transitive verb

1a : to fix or set officially appoint a trial date
b : to name officially will appoint her director of the program
c archaic : arrange
d law : to determine the disposition of (an estate) to someone by virtue of a power of appointment
2 : to provide with complete and usually appropriate or elegant furnishings or equipment appointed the rooms with a curated selection of art and furniture … a beautifully appointed room

intransitive verb

: to exercise a power of appointment

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furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accoutre mean to supply one with what is needed. furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function. a sparsely furnished apartment equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use. a fully equipped kitchen outfit implies provision of a complete list or set of articles as for a journey, an expedition, or a special occupation. outfitted the family for a ski trip appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings. a lavishly appointed apartment accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity. fully accoutred members of a polar expedition

Examples of appoint in a Sentence

She was appointed professor of chemistry at the university. After his parents died, the boy's uncle was appointed as his guardian. Every year, the group appoints three new members. a committee appointed by Congress the company's newly appointed assistant director
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the politics of the presidents who appoint the justices, their ideologies don't always map neatly onto the spectrum of Democrats to Republicans. Jessie Dimartino, ABC News, 1 July 2022 The names of candidates are confidential until the committee holds a public hearing to select the three candidates who will be forwarded to Newsom, who will appoint one in charge of an agency that will be scrutinizing his administration. Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2022 All four Hinds County chancery judges rescued themselves from the lawsuit and requested the state Supreme Court appoint a special judge to hear the case, according to Mississippi Today. Chris Kenning, USA TODAY, 29 June 2022 Within weeks of the Colonial hack, the TSA required pipeline operators to disclose cyber incidents in 12 hours, conduct periodic security assessments and appoint a coordinator in the event of incidents. David Uberti, WSJ, 29 June 2022 Committee investigator Josh Roselman said in a video that Trump lawyer Cleta Mitchell asked fellow lawyer John Eastman to write a memo to get states to appoint alternate electors. Globe Staff,, 28 June 2022 The misunderstanding, and the defense request for Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow to clarify and reconsider who the court should appoint, was the basis for Tuesday's hearing. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 28 June 2022 The draft is expected to propose a system based on a strong president who would appoint the prime minister, according to Reuters. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 With a Republican spot open on the board, the Michigan GOP will put forward three Republicans for Whitmer to appoint. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 27 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of appoint

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1c

History and Etymology for appoint

Middle English, from Anglo-French appointer, from a- (from Latin ad-) + point point

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ap·​point | \ ə-ˈpȯint How to pronounce appoint (audio) \
appointed; appointing

Kids Definition of appoint

1 : to choose for some duty, job, or office The school board appointed three new teachers.
2 : to decide on usually from a position of authority The teacher appointed a time for our meeting.


transitive verb
ap·​point | \ ə-ˈpȯint How to pronounce appoint (audio) \

Legal Definition of appoint

1 : to name officially to a position appointed to the agency's top post appointed conservator of the estate
2 : to determine the distribution of (property) by exercising the authority granted by a power of appointment a general power to appoint the corpus of a trust— W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.

intransitive verb

: to exercise a power of appointment — see also power of appointment

Other Words from appoint

appointive \ ə-​ˈpȯin-​tiv How to pronounce appoint (audio) \ adjective
appointment noun

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