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

transitive verb

: to fix or set officially
appoint a trial date
: to name officially
will appoint her director of the program
archaic : arrange
law : to determine the disposition of (an estate) to someone by virtue of a power of appointment
: 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
Choose the Right Synonym for appoint

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of appoint was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Appoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ap·​point ə-ˈpȯint How to pronounce appoint (audio)
: to decide on usually from a position of authority
the teacher appointed a time for our meeting
: to choose for some job or offices
I was appointed to wash the dishes
the school board appointed three new teachers
the president appoints a cabinet

Legal Definition


transitive verb
ap·​point ə-ˈpȯint How to pronounce appoint (audio)
: to name officially to a position
appointed to the agency's top post
appointed conservator of the estate
: 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 trustW. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.

intransitive verb

: to exercise a power of appointment see also power of appointment
appointive adjective
appointment noun

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