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Appoint

To designate, select, or assign authority to a position or an office.

Although sometimes used interchangeably, elect and appoint do not have the same meaning. Election refers to the selection of a public officer by the qualified voters of the community, and appointment refers to the selection of a public officer by one authorized by law to do so.

appoint

verb approve, assign, authorize, charge, charter, choose, commission, confirm, constituere, creare, create, delegate, depute, designate, destinare, dicere, employ, empower, engage, enlist, entrust, establish, facere, give a mandate, license, name, pick, pick out, require, sanction, select
Associated concepts: appoint to fill a vacancy, appoint under a will, appointing officer, appointing power, appointive office, public officers
See also: allocate, allot, assign, authorize, bestow, charge, choose, clothe, delegate, designate, detail, dispense, employ, empower, engage, entrust, furnish, hire, induct, instate, invest, nominate, parcel, provide, vest

appoint

to nominate (a person), under a power granted in a deed or will, to take an interest in property.
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He appoints a commission to examine discoveries like this and report upon the value; then the Pope pays the discoverer one-half of that assessed value and takes the statue.
I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me and the heart appoints.
But it was too late now; all things Heaven appoints for the best: had I gone with him I had never had so many things to be thankful for, and the reader had never heard of the second part of the travels and adventures of Robinson Crusoe: so I must here leave exclaiming at myself, and go on with my voyage.
A messenger was despatched half a day's journey before us, to give the king notice of my approach, and to desire, "that his majesty would please to appoint a day and hour, when it would by his gracious pleasure that I might have the honour to lick the dust before his footstool.
I should think," said Laurence, "that the people would have petitioned the king always to appoint a native-born New-Englander to govern them.
The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by law appoint a different Day.