Definition of appoint in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Assign a job or role to (someone)

    ‘she has been appointed to the board’
    ‘they appointed her as personnel manager’
    with object and infinitive ‘a delegated engineer will be appointed to oversee each graduate’
    • ‘His first official honorary consultant post came in 1946 when he was appointed to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.’
    • ‘He was appointed to chair the council's health committee in 1985 and was instrumental in the opening of the reserve's health centre.’
    • ‘During the first quarter, a management team was appointed to run the software division and win new business.’
    • ‘And she was appointed to this case, paid $3,280, including expenses.’
    • ‘The process by which people are appointed to inquiries appears wholly opaque, raising the suspicion that politicians appoint people who will give them the result they want.’
    • ‘Local billeting officers were appointed to find suitable homes for evacuees and they set about interviewing possible hosts.’
    • ‘All we can say in relation to his appointment is that he applied for the job, we took up his references and he was appointed to the post after due process.’
    • ‘She was appointed to the Court of Justice in October 1999.’
    • ‘I am a Welshman who is as proud today of being national team manager as I was on the day I was appointed to the job.’
    • ‘People are appointed to different jobs within a division of labour.’
    • ‘What happens if some individuals are appointed to this authority who turn out to be absolute disasters?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a result, completely inappropriate people are appointed to rather important jobs.’
    • ‘Those days, through a shahi firman (royal edict) certain persons were appointed to perform some specific tasks.’
    • ‘He was appointed to his post at St James's in 1992.’
    • ‘A new board of directors was appointed to oversee the financially-troubled project.’
    • ‘He was appointed to this promotional role because of his high profile in the community.’
    • ‘Luckily my father was soon appointed to a consultant post, and we settled down.’
    • ‘Has anyone been appointed to a regulatory or important committee, task force, or agency position?’
    • ‘He was appointed to head the new merged ‘supertrust’, which covers an area of 4,500 square miles, in May 1999.’
    nominate, name, designate, install as, commission, engage, adopt, co-opt
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  • 2Determine or decide on (a time or a place)

    ‘they appointed a day in May for the meeting’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, I missed a recent test, because I forgot to appoint a time that I would take it.’
    • ‘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.’
    specify, determine, assign, designate, allot, set, fix, arrange, choose, decide on, establish, settle, authorize, ordain, prescribe, decree
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    1. 2.1archaic Decree.
      ‘such laws are appointed by God’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It isn't as though the Ambassador issued a decree saying ‘I appoint such and such.’’
      • ‘The first of these, the external or political kingdom of Christ in the visible church, consists in his absolute and supreme authority, to appoint the laws of his church, and rulers by these laws.’
      • ‘‘Let us now appoint the laws by which our country may remain in peace.’’
  • 3Law
    Decide the disposal of (property of which one is not the owner) under powers granted by the owner.

    ‘trustees appoint the capital to the beneficiaries’
    • ‘The surviving spouse must have a power of appointment to appoint the property to the survivor's own self or estate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suppose she had appointed the property to her executor; that could not make it assets for the payment of her debts, unless it was her separate estate.’
    • ‘The nephew had no child but purported to appoint the property by will.’


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