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 Former Commissioner Tony Lourey, who Gov. Tim Walz first appointed to the post, resigned abruptly and without explanation in July, just six months into his tenure. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "15 minutes with the new DHS commish: Her plan to restore trust in the troubled agency," 15 Sep. 2019 Isaak, whom the governor recently appointed to a seat on the Oregon Court of Appeals, this week declined to comment on the situation. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon public records council says Legislature should grant it more independence," 14 Sep. 2019 That could require rethinking the Second Amendment, possibly by appointing judges who interpret it differently — an inversion of the NRA’s campaign to portray gun ownership as an individual right. German Lopez, Vox, "Here’s where every 2020 candidate stands on guns," 7 Aug. 2019 Babatunde Fowler, head of Nigeria’s federal tax agency, says the government may appoint banks as agents to deduct 5% VAT on all local online purchases with a bank card. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria wants to start charging a tax on local online purchases," 5 Aug. 2019 In March 1996, Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed him to the City Council. Gregory Pratt,, "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

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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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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 appointive (audio) \ adjective
appointment noun

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