from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To select or designate to fill an office or a position: appointed her the chief operating officer of the company.
- transitive v. To fix or set by authority or by mutual agreement: will appoint a date for the examination.
- transitive v. To furnish; equip: a house that is comfortably appointed.
- transitive v. Law To direct the disposition of (property) to a person or persons in exercise of a power granted for this purpose by a preceding deed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. : To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.
- v. : To fix by a decree, order, command, resolve, decision, or mutual agreement; to constitute; to ordain; to prescribe; to fix the time and place of.
- v. : To assign, designate, or set apart by authority.
- v. : To furnish in all points; to provide with everything necessary by way of equipment; to equip; to fit out.
- v. , (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. --Alexander Mansfield Burrill. Kent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.
- transitive v. To fix by a decree, order, command, resolve, decision, or mutual agreement; to constitute; to ordain; to prescribe; to fix the time and place of.
- transitive v. To assign, designate, or set apart by authority.
- transitive v. To furnish in all points; to provide with everything necessary by way of equipment; to equip; to fit out.
- transitive v. To point at by way, or for the purpose, of censure or commendation; to arraign.
- transitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To ordain; to determine; to arrange.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- . To make fast or firm; found; establish; secure.
- To constitute, ordain, or fix by decree, order, or decision; decree; command; prescribe.
- To allot, set apart, or designate; nominate or authoritatively assign, as for a use, or to a post or office.
- To settle; fix, name, or determine by authority or upon agreement: as, they appointed a time and place for the meeting.
- In law, to fix the destination of (property) by designating a person or persons to take the use of an estate created by a preceding deed or will, conferring on the appointor the power so to do.
- . To point at by way of censure; arraign: as, “appoint not heavenly disposition,” Milton, S. A., 1. 373.
- To provide with what is requisite; equip.
- To agree upon; decide upon or settle definitely.
- Synonyms To prescribe, establish, direct. To assign, destine, constitute, create. To furnish, supply.
- To ordain; resolve; determine.
- In law, to exercise a power of appointment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
- v. furnish
- v. create and charge with a task or function
Middle English appointen, from Old French apointer, apointier, to arrange, from a point, to the point : a, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + point, point; see point.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English apointen, from Old French apointier ("to prepare, arrange, lean, place") (French appointer ("to give a salary, refer a cause")), from Late Latin appunctare ("to bring back to the point, restore, to fix the point in a controversy, or the points in an agreement"); Latin ad + punctum ("a point"). See point. (Wiktionary)