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Definition of the verb appoint

What does appoint mean as a doing word?

Appoint is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: appointed | appointing | appoints

  1. create and charge with a task or function
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]They elected John
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]We elected him as governor
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to be [Predicate, not sentential clause]We elected Alan to be our new governor
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate]We elected him governor

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): adopt, coronate, crown, designate, elect, install, mark, name, nominate, ordain, proclaim, reelect, upgrade, want.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of appoint: constitute / name / nominate
    • more generic words: constitute / establish / found / institute / plant = set up or lay the groundwork for
    • more specific words:
      • pack = set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome
      • co-opt = appoint summarily or commandeer
  2. assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
    • examples: He was appointed deputy manager | They appoint him to write the letter
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of appoint: charge
    • more specific words:
  3. furnish
    • example: a beautifully appointed house
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic terms: equip / fit / fit out / outfit = provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

Alternative definition of the verb appoint


  1. [transitive]: To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.
  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.
  3. [transitive]: To assign, designate, or set apart by authority.
  4. [transitive]: To furnish in all points; to provide with everything necessary by way of equipment; to equip; to fit out.
  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. --Alexander Mansfield Burrill. Kent.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for appoint

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Google previewThe Law Relating to Hindu and Mahomedan Religious Endowments, with Commentaries on the Religious Endowments Act (Act XX of 1863) and Bengal and Madras Regulations (XIX of 1810 and VII of 1817) (1905)

by Pudukota R. Ganapathi Iyer

So also a direction by the founder appointing B as shebait for lifo and after B's. death, the eldest male issue of B, or if no issue the adopted son of B or if no adopted sou such person as B should by will or deed appoint is a valid direction2 .

Google previewCocos2d Game Development Blueprints (2015)

by Jorge Jordán

The next thing to appoint is the init method; there we initialize the cards by calling the initializeCards method that looks ...

Google previewThe Judicial Dictionary: Judicial dictionary (1903)

by Frederick Stroud, Elsie May Wheeler, John McDonald Burke

APPOINT.--A power “ to appoint ” to such persons as the donee may think fit enables ...

Google previewA Valency Dictionary of English (2004)

A Corpus-based Analysis of the Complementation Patterns of English Verbs, Nouns, and Adjectives by Thomas Herbst

appoint verb B...

Google previewGreen's Encyclopaedia of the Law of Scotland (1896)

by John Chisholm

Appointment of Trustees by the Court.—The Court has power, both at common law and by Statute, to appoint new trustees in any case where the trust seems in danger through the failure of the trustees by death or otherwise. By 30 & 31 Vict. c .

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1902)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases

It has been held, where a statute authorizes a bill in equity to be filed by stockholders for the voluntary dissolution of a corporation, that the court, upon such a bill being filed, has jurisdiction to appoint a receiver pendent: /2'1: aside from any ...

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Usage statistics about appoint

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Appoint Meaning

Video shows what appoint means. To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.. To fix the time and place of a meeting (by a decree, order, command ...

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If you see a snake, just kill it. Don't appoint a committee on snakes. (H. Ross Perot)
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Scrabble value of A1P3P3O1I1N1T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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