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
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Recent Examples on the Web The mayor would appoint five members, while a council representative would be the sixth member and a planning commissioner the seventh. cleveland, "South Euclid council to act on legislation that would regulate vacant commercial buildings," 12 Jan. 2021 Finally, representatives would appoint impeachment managers and send the article to the Senate. USA Today, "Impeachment: How Democrats might fast-track removing Trump from office," 12 Jan. 2021 Bexar County Commissioners Court appoints three members, the suburban mayors appoint two members. Liz Hardaway,, "‘VIA is a lifeline’ — Council committee recommends three new members to San Antonio’s public transportation board," 7 Jan. 2021 According to state law, Clackamas County commissioners will appoint someone to fill Olsen’s role until the 2022 election,when voters will elect someone to a full four-year term. oregonlive, "Oregon senator from Clackamas County will resign," 4 Jan. 2021 DeKalb’s state House and Senate delegations each appoint three members, while the DeKalb County Tax Commissioner appoints the seventh member. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Members appointed to DeKalb’s reconstituted ethics board," 31 Dec. 2020 In its final gasps, Trump’s Justice Department will appoint special counsels to investigate election fraud and Hunter Biden. Eric Zorn,, "Column: A fearless look ahead after a dreadful year," 31 Dec. 2020 If Becerra is confirmed by the U.S. Senate early next year, Newsom will appoint a new state attorney general to serve out the nearly two years remaining on the current term. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "California needs a new top cop. Here’s what Gov. Gavin Newsom will consider," 13 Dec. 2020 The City Council will appoint a replacement, probably in January. New York Times, "Lillian Blancas, Candidate for a Texas Judgeship, Dies at 47," 10 Dec. 2020

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

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18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Appoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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)


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.
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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