appoint

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.
    When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
  2. (transitive) To fix the time and place of a meeting (by a decree, order, command etc.)
    • 8 November 2014, Ivan Hewett in The Telegraph, Art on demand makes emperors of us all
      We have to wait until they're ready to receive us, and make sure we turn up at the appointed time.
    • 1820, The Edinburgh Annual Register
      His Royal Highness called to pay his respects to her Majesty ; but, from the unexpected nature of his visit, her Majesty was not in a state then to receive him ; but soon after sent a letter to Prince Leopold, to appoint one o'clock this day for an interview.
    • 1611, King James Version 2 Samuel 15.15
      Thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.
  3. (transitive) To give a job or a role to somebody
  4. (transitive) To furnish completely; to provide with all the equipment necessary; to equip or fit out.
    • 2009, Donald Olson, Germany for Dummies
      The hotel is beautifully designed and beautifully appointed in a classic, modern style that manages to be both serene and luxurious at the same time.
  5. (archaic, 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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