appoint

Definitions

  • Appointed Cows to Furnish Milk--4-51-500
    Appointed Cows to Furnish Milk--4-51-500
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v appoint furnish "a beautifully appointed house"
    • v appoint create and charge with a task or function "nominate a committee"
    • v appoint assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to "He was appointed deputy manager","She was charged with supervising the creation of a concordance"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term "devil's advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic Church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view.
    • Appoint To assign, designate, or set apart by authority. "Aaron and his shall go in, and appoint them every one to his service.""These were cities appointed for all the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them."
    • Appoint (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.
    • Appoint 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. "Thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint .""He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness.""Say that the emperor request a parley . . . and appoint the meeting."
    • Appoint To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out. "When he appointed the foundations of the earth."
    • Appoint To furnish in all points; to provide with everything necessary by way of equipment; to equip; to fit out. "The English, being well appointed , did so entertain them that their ships departed terribly torn."
    • v. i Appoint ăp*point" To ordain; to determine; to arrange. "For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel."
    • Appoint To point at by way, or for the purpose, of censure or commendation; to arraign. "Appoint not heavenly disposition."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When he resigned in 1923 because of illegal behavior in the Teapot Dome Affair, Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was offered an appointment to the Supreme Court by President Harding. In 1931, Fall was tried and found guilty of conspiracy to defraud.
    • appoint To make fast or firm; found; establish; secure.
    • appoint To constitute, ordain, or fix by decree, order, or decision; decree; command; prescribe.
    • appoint To allot, set apart, or designate; nominate or authoritatively assign, as for a use, or to a post or office.
    • appoint To settle; fix, name, or determine by authority or upon agreement: as, they appointed a time and place for the meeting.
    • appoint In law, to fix the destination of (property) by designating a person or persons to take the use of an estate created by a preceding deed or will, conferring on the appointor the power so to do. Thus, a testator may give a fund to a child for life, with power to appoint the fund to one or more grandchildren. The donee of the power is the appointor, and those designated by the appointor to enjoy the fund are termed the appointees.
    • appoint To point at by way of censure; arraign: as, “appoint not heavenly disposition,” Milton, S. A., 1. 373.
    • appoint To provide with what is requisite; equip.
    • appoint To agree upon; decide upon or settle definitely.
    • appoint Synonyms To prescribe, establish, direct. To assign, destine, constitute, create. To furnish, supply.
    • appoint To ordain; resolve; determine.
    • appoint In law, to exercise a power of appointment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gerald Ford was one of the members of the Warren Commission appointed to study the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
    • v.t Appoint ap-point′ to fix: to settle: assign, grant: to name to an office: to destine, devote: to equip (obs. except in pa.p.)
    • v.t Appoint ap-point′ to fix: to settle: assign, grant: to name to an office: to destine, devote: to equip (obs. except in pa.p..)
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Quotations

  • I Ching
    I Ching
    “Creativity comes from awakening and directing men's higher natures, which originate in the primal depths of the uni- verse and are appointed by Heaven.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”
  • Peace Pilgrim
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    “My appointed work is to awaken the divine nature that is within.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “For many years I was a self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms and did my duty faithfully, though I never received payment for it.”
  • Virgil
    Virgil
    “Each man has his appointed day: short and irreparable in the brief life of all, but to extend our fame by our deeds, this is the work of mankind.”
  • Confucius
    Confucius
    “Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. appointen, apointen, OF. apointier, to prepare, arrange, lean, place, F. appointer, to give a salary, refer a cause, fr. LL. appunctare, to bring back to the point, restore, to fix the point in a controversy, or the points in an agreement; L. ad, + punctum, a point. See Point
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. apointer, Low L. appunctare—L. ad, to, punctum, a point. See Point.

Usage

In literature:

Mrs. Jacobs had been appointed by Mr. McAdoo, Secretary of the Treasury, State chairman of the Woman's Liberty Loan Committee.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
But within a year a fresh Chantries Act was passed and a new Commission appointed by the Protector and his Council.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
The appointment of one of the early Rectors is a sample of the abuses connected with Papal supremacy in those times.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
A committee of three was appointed to report upon the matter.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Cloud; and lastly to appoint Bonaparte commander of the troops in Paris.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The governor is appointing his Union partisans to military positions.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
The same treasurer was appointed for both.
"Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles" by Daniel Hack Tuke
The year that followed Menneval's appointment was notable for the outbreak of the most dreadful Indian war in the annals of Acadia.
"Glimpses of the Past" by W. O. Raymond
The Lord Mayor appointed some one to ask who knocked.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Persons thus appointed, however, must serve six months "on probation" before their appointment can be made absolute.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
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In poetry:

Beside the gospel pool
Appointed for the poor;
From year to year, my helpless soul
Has waited for a cure.
"The Bitter Waters" by John Newton
The kingdom of Messiah come
Appointed times disclose;
And fairer in Emmanuel's Land
The new creation glows.
"Hymn VII. Messiah! at thy glad approach" by John Logan
I would, but cannot rest
In God's most holy will;
I know what he appoints is best,
Yet murmur at it still!
"The Good That I Would I Do Not" by John Newton
Where first by Eden Tree
The Four Great Rivers ran,
To each was appointed a Man
Her Prince and Ruler to be.
"Song of the Fifth River" by Rudyard Kipling
Then will he own my worthless name
Before his Father's face,
And in the new Jerusalem
Appoint my soul a place.
"Hymn 103" by Isaac Watts
Blest Savior, we will tread
In Thy appointed way;
Let glory o’er these scenes be shed
And smile on us today.
"Down to the Sacred Wave" by Samuel Francis Smith

In news:

I have an important appointment at the clinic.
Anne Renken, Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands has announced the appointment of Anne Renken, CMM as sales manager.
East End cattleman named to FSA panel Longtime Homer area cattle rancher F. Bruce Willard has been appointed to Alaska's state committee for the Farm Service Agency.
Pass superintendent appointed to state school board.
Jackson Center Appoints New President And Chief Executive Officer.
The Robert H Jackson Center has appointed James C Johnson as its new president and chief executive officer.
Is pleased to announce the appointment of Jose Luis Olvera & Associates as its new sales representative for South and Central America.
A report was completed by a state appointed "Distinguished Educator" Dr Judy Elliott PhD found that many of the district's problems come from lack of support from the central office .
Centurion Cargo has appointed Paul Berntsen to vice president of the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
Appointments are made by the governor's office.
Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser has been appointed co-chair of a state task force focused on improving education.
Wet Seal Appoints New Chairman of the Board .
A few days after four members of The Wet Seal Inc.'s board of directors resigned, the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based juniors retailer appointed Lynda J Davey to the position of chairman of the board on Oct 10.
Casual dining chain Quaker Steak & Lube appointed Debra Koenig chairman of the board .
LOS ANGELES, Calif — LMS, Inc, the corporate parent of Cal Spas, OC Hot Tubs, Cal Flame, Cal Heat, Cal Designs and Cal Patio, has appointed board member Tom Faludy as chairman of the board .
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In science:

Moreover, (c) Peter’s wife knows that if Peter knows the time of their appointment, then John knows that too (since John and Peter are friends).
Simple Type Theory as Framework for Combining Logics
Finally, (d) Peter knows that if John knows the place and the time of their appointment, then John knows that he has an appointment.
Simple Type Theory as Framework for Combining Logics
From this situation we want to prove (e) that each of the two friends knows that the other one knows that he has an appointment.
Simple Type Theory as Framework for Combining Logics
As another example, suppose that the Un have some arbitrary distribution with Laplace transform φ(θ) = E (e−θUn ), and that there is a regular appointments system such that customer n arrives at clock time λ−1n + ǫn , where {ǫn} is a sequence of i.i.d. errors with Laplace transform ψ(θ) = E (e−θǫn ).
The associated random walk and martingales in random walks with stationary increments
By considering the special case φ(θ) = µ/(µ + θ), so that the Un are exponentially distributed, and the mean inter-arrival time and mean service time are λ−1 and µ−1 respectively as in the previous M /M /1 example, it is possible to compare an appointments system with random (Poisson) arrivals.
The associated random walk and martingales in random walks with stationary increments
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