Definition of appoint
1a : to fix or set officially <appoint a trial date>b : to name officially <will appoint her director of the program>c 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
Origin and Etymology of appoint
Middle English, from Anglo-French appointer, from a- (from Latin ad-) + point point
First Known Use: 14th century
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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