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.
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
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.
capable of being understood. Historical Examples Any time consists of parts which are themselves times, and is apprehensible only as following upon preceding times. A Commentary to Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ Norman Kemp Smith Let us retrace, but in such a form as to be apprehensible by all readers. The Posthumous Works of Thomas […]
anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil. the faculty or act of or understanding; perception on a direct and immediate level. acceptance of or receptivity to information without passing judgment on its validity, often without complete comprehension. a view, opinion, or idea on any subject. the act of arresting; […]
uneasy or fearful about something that might happen: apprehensive for the safety of the mountain climbers. quick to learn or understand. perceptive; discerning (usually followed by of). Contemporary Examples At first everyone was apprehensive about it, but I said to her, “You sound like you were influenced by Dinah Washington.” Tony Bennett’s Winehouse Duet Jacob […]
uneasy or fearful about something that might happen: apprehensive for the safety of the mountain climbers. quick to learn or understand. perceptive; discerning (usually followed by of). Historical Examples But he used a match instead, while Mrs. Effingham watched him apprehensively. Tutt and Mr. Tutt Arthur Train “I hope Miss Howes doesn’t forget,” she said […]
uneasy or fearful about something that might happen: apprehensive for the safety of the mountain climbers. quick to learn or understand. perceptive; discerning (usually followed by of). Historical Examples In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, the apprehensiveness of women is quite gratuitous. The Marble Faun, Volume II. Nathaniel Hawthorne For all its apprehensiveness, a […]