Appointed



by, through, or as a result of an (often in contrast with elected):
an appointed official.
predetermined; arranged; set:
They met at the appointed time in the appointed place.
provided with what is necessary; equipped; furnished:
a beautifully appointed office.
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.
Obsolete. to ordain; resolve; determine.
Contemporary Examples

In 1919 he became publicity chief of the Republican National Committee, and in 1921 he was appointed governor of Alaska.
The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire H.L. Mencken October 3, 2014

The U.K. government has appointed former BP chief Lord Browne as its new efficiency czar.
July Fourth Outrage: British Gov’t Elevates Disgraced BP Boss Tom Bower June 30, 2010

On the appointed morning, the SEAL expected Giffords to arrive with a big staff.
Exclusive Photo: Gabrielle Giffords’s Navy SEAL Skydive Michael Daly February 26, 2012

In February 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Pastorek, an attorney, to serve as general counsel to NASA.
Reboot America! Participants The Daily Beast September 23, 2010

He appointed a Jewish American as consul to Bucharest “for the benefit of the people who are laboring under severe oppression.”
What Happened When General Grant Expelled Civil War Jews Marc Wortman March 21, 2012

Historical Examples

He made his submission a few days later than the appointed time.
A History of England Charles Oman

There, if it be your wish, I will propose you; messengers will be appointed to converse with you.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 Various

Lafayette was appointed to the committee on February 9, 1786.
Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard

Nelson, who was appointed to superintend the evacuation, frustrated these projects.
The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson Robert Southey

It was very near the minute appointed for her to meet Carter at the square.
Betty Gordon at Mountain Camp Alice B. Emerson

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
adj.

with qualifying adverb, “equipped, furnished,” 1530s, from past participle of appoint (v.).
v.

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.

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