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Old English appointen, apointen, Old French apointier to prepare, arrange, lean, place, French appointer to give a salary, refer a cause, from LL. appunctare to bring back to the point, restore, to fix the point in a controversy, or the points in an agreement; Latin ad + punctum a point. See Point.
Third person singular
- (transitive): To fix with power or firmness; to establish; to mark out.
- When he appointed the foundations of the earth. --Prov. viii. 29.
- (transitive): 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. --2 Sam. xv. 15.
- He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness. --Acts xvii. 31.
- Say that the emperor request a parley ... and appoint the meeting. --Shak.
- (transitive): To assign, designate, or set apart by authority.
- Aaron and his shall go in, and appoint them every one to his service. --Num. iv. 19.
- These were cities appointed for all the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them. --Josh. xx. 9.
- (transitive): 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. --Hayward.
- (transitive), (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. --Burrill. Kent.
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