Definition of appoint in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpɔɪnt/


[with object]
1Assign a job or role to (someone): she has been appointed to the board they appointed her as personnel manager
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  • In 1988, he was appointed to the role of divisional director for the group's specialist cars division and in 1992 he was promoted to managing director.
  • He was appointed to this promotional role because of his high profile in the community.
  • A new board of directors was appointed to oversee the financially-troubled project.
nominate, name, designate, install as, commission, engage, adopt, co-opt;
select, choose, elect, vote in;
Military  detail
2Determine or decide on (a time or a place): they appointed a day in May for the meeting
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  • In my view this document carries greater weight than others cited in the inquiry, for example the Tithe maps because it discharged an express obligation to set out and appoint roads.
  • Complaints against decisions pertaining to assemblies shall be filed directly to the Supreme Administrative Court within 3 days of the date of delivery of the decision concerned; unless hindered from doing so by formal obstacles, the Court shall appoint the date of the hearing no later than within 7 days of the date of filing the complaint.
  • On a document being tabled, a motion may be moved without notice to appoint a day for its consideration or for it to be printed.
specify, determine, assign, designate, allot, set, fix, arrange, choose, decide on, establish, settle, authorize, ordain, prescribe, decree
2.1 archaic Decree: such laws are appointed by God
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  • It isn't as though the Ambassador issued a decree saying ‘I appoint such and such.’
  • As His sovereignty extends to His worship, so it is His sole prerogative to appoint the laws of His worship, to command of His subjects the way they ought to worship Him.
  • ‘Let us now appoint the laws by which our country may remain in peace.’
3 Law Decide the disposition of (property of which one is not the owner) under powers granted by the owner: trustees appoint the capital to the beneficiaries
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  • So, our submission has always been that that is a beneficial interest in the sense that he has the ability through control of the trustee company to appoint corpus or income to himself.
  • The nephew had no child but purported to appoint the property by will.
  • The surviving spouse must have a power of appointment to appoint the property to the survivor's own self or estate.



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  • It is not a perfect system - vacancies do not occur on regular schedules, and judges do not always decide cases the way their appointers might have anticipated.
  • And yet, on the other hand, maybe the relationship is properly seen as part of the qualifications, precisely because it is often closely correlated to how well the appointer knows and trusts the appointee.
  • What's important is the judgment and the will of the appointer.


Late Middle English: from Old French apointer, from a point 'to a point'.

Words that rhyme with appoint

anoint, conjoint, joint, outpoint, point, point-to-point

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