appoint

verb
ap·​point | \ ə-ˈpȯint \
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 a beautifully appointed room

intransitive verb

: to exercise a power of appointment

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Synonyms for appoint

Synonyms

designate, fix, name, set

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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
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Eugenie’s father, Andrew, Duke of York, was appointed to the Order in 2006. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The Special Meaning Behind the Badge on Princess Eugenie's Wedding Invitations," 14 Sep. 2018 Such children don't have a right to a court-appointed attorney, and 90 percent of kids without a lawyer are returned to their home countries, according to Kids in Need of Defense, a group that provides legal representation. Anchorage Daily News, "Kids as young as 1 in US court, awaiting reunion with family," 8 July 2018 Such children don't have a right to a court-appointed attorney, and 90 percent of kids without a lawyer are returned to their home countries, according to Kids in Need of Defense, a group that provides legal representation. Astrid Galvan, azcentral, "Migrant family separations: Children as young as 1 year old in U.S. court, awaiting reunion," 7 July 2018 Until 1948, all our governors were appointed by the U.S. government. Erika P. Rodriguez, Smithsonian, "The Slow Recovery in Puerto Rico," 27 June 2018 Trump first appointed the former Alabama senator and state attorney in January 2017, and Sessions was sworn in the next month. Cindy Otis, Teen Vogue, "Why Jeff Sessions's Resignation May Be Sketchier Than You Think," 8 Nov. 2018 Trump appointed Sessions’s chief of staff at the Department of Justice, Matthew G. Whitaker, as acting attorney general. Vogue, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns; the Internet Reacts," 7 Nov. 2018 In addition, appoint an employee representative to the board. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Google employees worldwide are walking out today to protest handling of sexual misconduct," 1 Nov. 2018 The council appointed Bryan Jeffries as the interim district 2 councilman. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix City Hall shake-up: What happens when Valenzuela, Gallego resign?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of appoint

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

History and Etymology for appoint

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

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appoint

verb

English Language Learners Definition of appoint

: 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

verb
ap·​point | \ ə-ˈpȯint \
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.

appoint

transitive verb
ap·​point | \ ə-ˈpȯint \

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 \ adjective
appointment noun

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