- 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.
appoint definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English apointen ; from Old French apointer, to arrange, make ready ; from Midieval Latin appunctuare ; from Classical Latin ad, to plush punctum, point
appoint definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ap·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: 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.