Definition of appoint verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    appoint

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈpɔɪnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔɪnt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they appoint
    BrE BrE//əˈpɔɪnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔɪnt//
     
    he / she / it appoints
    BrE BrE//əˈpɔɪnts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔɪnts//
     
    past simple appointed
    BrE BrE//əˈpɔɪntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔɪntɪd//
     
    past participle appointed
    BrE BrE//əˈpɔɪntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔɪntɪd//
     
    -ing form appointing
    BrE BrE//əˈpɔɪntɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔɪntɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1  to choose somebody for a job or position of responsibility appoint somebody They have appointed a new head teacher at my son's school. appoint somebody to something She has recently been appointed to the committee. appoint somebody + noun | appoint somebody as something They appointed him (as) captain of the English team. appoint somebody to do something A lawyer was appointed to represent the child. Wordfinderapply, appoint, candidate, CV, experience, interview, job description, qualification, reference, shortlist Wordfinderapply, appoint, contract, dismiss, employ, job, pay, retire, work, workforce See related entries: Job interviews
  2. 2[usually passive] appoint something (formal) to arrange or decide on a time or place for doing something A date for the meeting is still to be appointed. Everyone was assembled at the appointed time.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French apointer, from a point ‘to a point’.Extra examples She’s been appointed British ambassador to the UN. They appointed him (as) captain of the national team. They have appointed a new principal at my son’s school.
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