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[uh-point] /əˈpɔɪnt/
verb (used with object)
to name or assign to a position, an office, or the like; designate:
to appoint a new treasurer; to appoint a judge to the bench.
to determine by authority or agreement; fix; set:
to appoint a time for the meeting.
Law. to designate (a person) to take the benefit of an estate created by a deed or will.
to provide with what is necessary; equip; furnish:
They appointed the house with all the latest devices.
Archaic. to order or establish by decree or command; ordain; constitute:
laws appointed by God.
Obsolete. to point at by way of censure.
verb (used without object)
Obsolete. to ordain; resolve; determine.
Origin of appoint
1325-75; Middle English apointen < Middle French apointer, equivalent to a- a-5 + pointer to point
Related forms
appointable, adjective
appointer, noun
misappoint, verb (used with object)
reappoint, verb (used with object)
unappointable, adjective
1. choose, select. 2. prescribe, establish.
1. dismiss, discharge. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for appointer
Historical Examples
  • Diomed, who was rather ceremonious, had appointed a nomenclator, or appointer of places to each guest.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • Instead of Parliament they will try to rule with judges appointed by the king; they will do everything for their appointer.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • The well-being of the country, with appointer and appointees, becomes a secondary consideration.

British Dictionary definitions for appointer


verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to assign officially, as for a position, responsibility, etc: he was appointed manager
to establish by agreement or decree; fix: a time was appointed for the duel
to prescribe or ordain: laws appointed by tribunal
(property law) to nominate (a person), under a power granted in a deed or will, to take an interest in property
to equip with necessary or usual features; furnish: a well-appointed hotel
Derived Forms
appointer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French apointer to put into a good state, from a point in good condition, literally: to a point
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Word Origin and History for appointer



late 14c., "to decide, resolve; to arrange the time of (a meeting, etc.)," from Anglo-French appointer, Old French apointier "make ready, arrange, settle, place" (12c.), from apointer "duly, fitly," from phrase à point "to the point," from a- "to" (see ad-) + point "point," from Latin punctum (see point (n.)). The ground sense is "to come to a point (about some matter)," therefore "agree, settle." Meaning "put (someone) in charge" is early 15c. Related: Appointed; appointing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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