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appoint Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb create and charge with a task or function
    nominate; constitute; name.
    • nominate a committee
  2. verb assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
    charge.
    • He was appointed deputy manager
    • She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance
  3. verb furnish
    • a beautifully appointed house
WordNet

Ap*point" transitive verb
Etymology
OE. appointen, apointen, OF. apointier to prepare, arrange, lean, place, F. appointer to give a salary, refer a cause, fr. LL. appunctare to bring back to the point, restore, to fix the point in a controversy, or the points in an agreement; L. ad + punctum a point. See Point.
Wordforms
imperfect & past participle Appointed; present participle & verbal noun Appointing
Definitions
  1. To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.
    When he appointed the foundations of the earth. Prov. viii. 29.
  2. 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 request a parley . . . and appoint the meeting. Shak.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To point at by way, or for the purpose, of censure or commendation; to arraign. Obs.
    Appoint not heavenly disposition. Milton.
  6. (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. Burrill. Kent. Crowley.
Ap*point" intransitive verb
Definitions
  1. To ordain; to determine; to arrange.
    For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophl. 2 Sam. xvii. 14.

Webster 1913