appoint

verb
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 …Chron.com 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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In March 1996, Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed him to the City Council. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Disgraced former Ald. Daniel Solis collecting nearly $95K annual city pension, could keep receiving taxpayer-funded payments for life," 16 Sep. 2019 At the same time as Campos was hired, Lille appointed Marc Ingla as its CEO, the man whose work behind the scenes on the Barcelona board during Joan Laporta's presidency was crucial to the most successful era in the club's history. Matias Grez, CNN, "How football "art" helped Lille return to the big time," 16 Sep. 2019 The company appointed Marc Swanson, a 19-year SeaWorld veteran and current chief financial officer, as interim CEO. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SeaWorld loses yet another CEO as Gustavo Antorcha resigns after 7 months," 16 Sep. 2019 The governor appoints most members of the council and would continue to do so. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon public records council says Legislature should grant it more independence," 14 Sep. 2019 A few weeks ago, Art Bridges appointed Paul Provost as the new CEO. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art Bridges’ Art Populism," 14 Sep. 2019 Now-former Judge Tom Rickhoff appointed Rogers to chaperon the affairs. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Cotter heirs battle over San Antonio real estate tycoon’s estate," 12 Sep. 2019 Earlier this month, the retailer appointed a new chairman. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Francesca’s shares soar as same-store sales improve," 10 Sep. 2019 Last year, President Trump appointed Johnny Taylor, a longtime advocate for HBCUs, as chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Melanie Eversley, Fortune, "Houston Hopes Thursday’s Democratic Debate at Historic Black University Drives Conversation," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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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 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.

appoint

transitive verb
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 appointive (audio) \ adjective
appointment noun

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