Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To ordain; to determine; to arrange.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The task of those with the power to appoint is to choose those who, because of their public or nonpublic personality, are less likely to become seriously corrupt than the average applicant.

    Letters to the Editor

  • Under these circumstances, the person who was elected has not only a right but a responsibility to help appoint someone who they know shares their views and whom they can trust to further the platform they were elected on — especially if the person with the power to appoint is under investigation.

    The Early Word: Previewing Obama’s Blagojevich Report - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Do you think Hillary wants to sit by and watch McCain appoint Supreme Court Justices, block universal health care, send more money to Iraq in exchange for body bags?

    McCain raises $21.5 million in May

  • And just to remind you, watch your McCain appoint supreme court justices who would completely erode what is left of women's reproductive rights.

    Uncommitted Senate superdelegates meeting

  • One measure was to end the popular election of regional governors and have the Kremlin appoint them instead, subject to confirmation by regional legislatures.

    The Accidental Autocrat

  • But his critics point to the retreat from media freedoms and the recent decision to have the Kremlin appoint regional governors instead of having them popularly elected as they were in Yeltsin's time, and so on.

    Parsing Putin

  • Well, I think they initially accepted some of the ideas, such as having the Kremlin appoint governors even though that might appear to be only tangentially related to the Beslan disaster.

    Parsing Putin

  • The word appoint is not the most appropriate word for describing the result of a popular election.

    History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)

  • Why didn’t the admin appoint Dawn Johnsen over the holidays?

    Matthew Yglesias » Democratic Presidents’ Base Problem

  • There's good reasons to oppose McCain, but this isn't one of them, and may even be a stroke in his favor to the extent that it bears on his views of the Constitution, which in turn bears on the kind of judges he would appoint, which is of course the whole ball game.

    John McCain, still doing conference calls with the bloggers.

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