Definition of appoint
1a : to fix or set officially appoint a trial dateb : to name officially will appoint her director of the programc archaic : arranged 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 a beautifully appointed room
: to exercise a power of appointment
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 of appoint from the Web
The city's decision cited cost savings as the motivation to close the court, though McDermott was critical of Pence's decision to appoint Jorgensen, a former chairwoman of the St. John Republican Committee, to preside over the court.
Ever since, Christie has occasionally visited the White House and remained friendly with Trump, who has appointed him to lead a task force on opioid addiction.
My aunt went on to be appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, served as a magistrate, and was intimately involved with numerous service organizations—
The three-judge panel appointed by the commission held a two-week hearing on the allegations in San Diego in February.
Welcome was first appointed county appraiser in 1991 and has usually enjoyed unanimous reappointments.
Last week, the foundation board agreed to appoint a committee to examine a recent forensic audit of the foundation between 2010 and last year and to recommend possible operational changes.
In March, a third mental health professional was appointed to evaluate Lohnes.
Less than 48 hours after the shock announcement that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been let go from the upcoming Han Solo movie, Ron Howard has been officially appointed as their replacement.
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Origin and Etymology of appoint
Middle English, from Anglo-French appointer, from a- (from Latin ad-) + point point
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of appoint
APPOINT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of appoint for English Language Learners
: to choose (someone) to have a particular job : to give (someone) a position or duty
: to decide or establish (something) in an official way
: to decide (the time or place at which something will happen or be done)
APPOINT Defined for Kids
Definition of appoint for Students
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.
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.
: to exercise a power of appointment — see also power of appointment
appointive\ə-ˈpȯin-tiv\ play adjective
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