- The definition of appoint is to choose an individual for a position or office.
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.