verb (used with object)
- to name or assign to a position, an office, or the like; designate: to appoint a new treasurer; to appoint a judge to the bench.
- to determine by authority or agreement; fix; set: to appoint a time for the meeting.
- Law. to designate (a person) to take the benefit of an estate created by a deed or will.
- to provide with what is necessary; equip; furnish: They appointed the house with all the latest devices.
- Archaic. to order or establish by decree or command; ordain; constitute: laws appointed by God.
- Obsolete. to point at by way of censure.
verb (used without object)
- Obsolete. to ordain; resolve; determine.
verb (mainly tr)
- (also intr) to assign officially, as for a position, responsibility, etche was appointed manager
- to establish by agreement or decree; fixa time was appointed for the duel
- to prescribe or ordainlaws appointed by tribunal
- property law to nominate (a person), under a power granted in a deed or will, to take an interest in property
- to equip with necessary or usual features; furnisha well-appointed hotel
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 ) + point “point,” from Latin punctum (see (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: ; appointing.