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verb [transitive] appoint pronunciation in British English /əˈpɔɪnt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleappointing
past tenseappointed
past participleappointed
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  1. 1
    to choose someone to do a particular job or have a particular position

    We need to appoint a new school secretary.

    appoint someone (as) something:

    Picard has been appointed managing director of the new division.

    appoint someone to do something:

    A subcommittee should be appointed to assist the chairperson.

    appoint someone to something:

    She was the first woman to be appointed to the board.

  2. 2
    formal to choose a time or place for something to happen

    Proceedings will be brought to a conclusion at a time appointed by this committee.

    the appointed time/place:

    He arrived at Ella’s office at the appointed time.


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