Verb appoint Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


appoint (third-person singular simple present appoints, present participle appointing, simple past and past participle appointed)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.
  2. (transitive) To fix the time and place of a meeting (by a decree, order, command etc.)
  3. (transitive) To give a job or a role to somebody
  4. (transitive) To furnish completely; to provide with all the equipment necessary; to equip or fit out.
  5. (archaic, transitive, law) To direct, designate, or limit; to make or direct a new disposition of, by virtue of a power contained in a conveyance;—said of an estate already conveyed.
  6. To point at by way of censure or commendation; to arraign.

More definition: name or assign to a position, an office, or the like; designate, to appoint a new treasurer; to appoint a judge to the bench. determine by authority or agreement; fix; set, to appoint a time for the meeting.

3.Law. to designate (a person) to take the benefit of an estate created by a deed or will. provide with what is necessary; equip; furnish, They appointed the house with all the latest devices.

5.Archaic. to order or establish by decree or command; ordain; constitute, laws appointed by God.

6.Obsolete. to point at by way of censure.

7.Obsolete. to ordain; resolve; determine.

1. (also intransitive) to assign officially, as for a position, responsibility, etc, he was appointed manager

2. to establish by agreement or decree; fix, a time was appointed for the duel

3. to prescribe or ordain, laws appointed by tribunal

4. (property law) to nominate (a person), under a power granted in a deed or will, to take an interest in property

5. to equip with necessary or usual features; furnish, a well-appointed hotel Derived Formsappointer, noun Word OriginC14, from Old French apointer to put into a good state, from a point in good condition, literally, to a pointCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 14c., "to decide, resolve; to arrange the time of (a meeting, etc.)," from Anglo-French appointer, Old French apointier "make ready, arrange, settle, place" (12c.), from apointer "duly, fitly," from phrase à point "to the point," from a- "to" (see ad-) + point "point," from Latin punctum (see point (n.)). The ground sense is "to come to a point (about some matter)," therefore "agree, settle." Meaning "put (someone) in charge" is early 15c. Related, Appointed; appointing.


He was given the right to dispense justice, to coin money and to appoint the bishops in Bavaria.

The school committee (who serve gratuitously) appoint the superintendent and supervisors of schools.

The president of the Republic, who is elected for four years by an electoral college, and cannot hold office for more than two successive terms, has a cabinet whose members he may appoint and remove freely, their number being determined by law.

But the achievements of the two civil agents were less noteworthy; and in 1905 it was agreed that, in view of the financial necessities of the provinces, the other great powers should each appoint delegates to a financial commission with extensive powers of control in fiscal matters.

This board has power to appoint a school director and a superintendent of instruction.

The king; met them half way by inviting the majority to appoint a committee to settle the army question provisionally, and a committee was formed, which included Szell, Apponyi, Count Istvan Tisza.

Had he so desired, Kuprili might have taken advantage of the revolts of the Janissaries to place himself on the throne; instead, he recommended the sultan to appoint his son as his successor, and so founded a dynasty of able statesmen who occupied the grand vizierate almost without interruption for half a century.

Under his plan they were to appoint Teacher to train others to instruct deaf and blind children in their own homes, just as she had taught me.

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