An example of the word appoint is when the President puts a judge intooffice.
- to set (a date, place, etc.); decide upon officially; decree: to appoint a time for a meeting
- to name or select officially for an office, position, etc.: to appoint a chairman
- to furnish and arrange: now usually in well-appointed, etc.
- Law to decide the disposition of (property) by special authority
Origin of appointMiddle English apointen from Old French apointer, to arrange, make ready from Medieval Latin appunctuare from Classical Latin ad, to + punctum, point
transitive verbap·point·ed, ap·point·ing, ap·points
- To select or designate to fill an office or a position: appointed her the chief operating officer of the company.
- To fix or set by authority or by mutual agreement: will appoint a date for the examination.
- To furnish; equip: a house that is comfortably appointed.
- 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.
Origin of appointMiddle 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 .
(third-person singular simple present appoints, present participle appointing, simple past and past participle appointed)
- To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.
- When he appointed the foundations of the earth. --Prov. viii. 29.
- 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.
- Thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint. --2 Sam. xv. 15.
- He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness. --Acts xvii. 31.
- Say that the emperor requests a parley ... and appoint the meeting. -- Shakspeare Titus Andronicus IV iv.
- To assign, designate, or set apart by authority.
- Aaron and his shall go in, and appoint them every one to his service. --Num. iv. 19.
- These were cities appointed for all the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them. --Josh. xx. 9.
- To furnish in all points; to provide with everything necessary by way of equipment; to equip; to fit out.
- The English, being well appointed, did so entertain them that their ships departed terribly torn. --Hayward.
- (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.
- To point at by way of censure or commendation; to arraign.
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.