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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.

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to nominate (a person), under a power granted in a deed or will, to take an interest in property.
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just as you cheat yourself into making out that you didn't do all this business because you were a rigorous woman, all slight, and spite, and power, and unforgiveness, but because you were a servant and a minister, and were appointed to do it.
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
[Phellion, Poiret, and Thuillier listen stupidly, with the look of those who try to peer before them in the darkness.] "Well, it is just because the promotion would be so fitting, and because the man has such merit, and because the measure is so eminently wise and equitable that I bet Rabourdin will not be appointed. Yes, you'll see, that appointment will slip up, just like the invasion from Boulogne, and the march to Russia, for the success of which a great genius has gathered together all the chances.
"But Monsieur des Lupeaulx, who sent for me to borrow my Charlet, told me positively that Monsieur Rabourdin was appointed, and that the little La Billardiere would be made Clerk of the Seals."
Monsieur Rabourdin will be appointed. Weren't you at Madame Rabourdin's last night?
To appoint Monsieur Baudoyer is to do honor to the virtues, the talents of the middle classes, of whom we shall ever be the supporters, though their cause seems at times a lost one.
His course was taken; he was resolved to get Rabourdin appointed.
As to La Billardiere's place, there is only one way to settle the matter; and that is to appoint Rabourdin this very day."
According to law no office could be appointed in NHA on deputation and it was essential that a candidate should be engineer for the Chairman NHA but usually a DMG office appoints on this post as it was totally violation of law.
The five-member board, appointed by the governor, in turn appoints a Securities Commissioner.
Article One: Appoints Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi as a Minister of Civil Service
1987: President Ronald Reagan appoints Frank Lilly, a geneticist and former board member of Gay Men's Health Crisis, to the President's Commission on the HIV Epidemic.