Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To select or designate to fill an office or a position.
  • transitive verb To fix or set by authority or by mutual agreement.
  • transitive verb To furnish; equip.
  • transitive verb 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 The Century Dictionary.

  • . 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To ordain; to determine; to arrange.
  • transitive verb To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.
  • transitive verb 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 verb To assign, designate, or set apart by authority.
  • transitive verb To furnish in all points; to provide with everything necessary by way of equipment; to equip; to fit out.
  • transitive verb obsolete To point at by way, or for the purpose, of censure or commendation; to arraign.
  • transitive verb (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.
  • transitive verb [Obs.] to resolve.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive : To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.
  • verb transitive : 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.
  • verb transitive : To assign, designate, or set apart by authority.
  • verb transitive : To furnish in all points; to provide with everything necessary by way of equipment; to equip; to fit out.
  • verb 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. --Alexander Mansfield Burrill. Kent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
  • verb furnish
  • verb create and charge with a task or function

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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