tr.v. ap·point·ed, ap·point·ing, ap·points
1. To select or designate to fill an office or a position: appointed her the chief operating officer of the company.
2. To fix or set by authority or by mutual agreement: will appoint a date for the examination.
3. To furnish; equip: a house that is comfortably appointed.
4. Law To direct the disposition of (property) to a person or persons in exercise of a power granted for this purpose by a preceding deed.
[Middle English appointen, from Old French apointer, apointier, to arrange, from a point, to the point : a, to (from Latin ad; see AD-) + point, point; see POINT.]
Synonyms: appoint, assign, designate, name, nominate, tap1
These verbs mean to select for an office or position: was appointed chair of the committee; was assigned to the panel investigating the matter; expects to be designated leader of the opposition; a new police commissioner named by the mayor; to be nominated as her party's candidate; was tapped for fraternity membership.
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