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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.



appoint (third-person singular simple present appoints, present participle appointing, simple past and past participle appointed)

  1. (transitive) To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.
    When he appointed the foundations of the earth. --Prov. viii. 29.
  2. (transitive) 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.
  3. (transitive) 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. (transitive) 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. (transitive, 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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Alexander Mansfield Burrill to this entry?)
  6. To point at by way of censure or commendation; to arraign.
    • Milton
      Appoint not heavenly disposition.

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