Definition of “appoint” - English Dictionary

“appoint” in British English

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appointverb

uk /əˈpɔɪnt/ us /əˈpɔɪnt/

appoint verb (PERSON)

C1 [ T ] to choose someone officially for a job or responsibility:

We've appointed three new teachers this year.
He's just been appointed (as) director of the publishing division.
[ + to infinitive ] A commission has just been appointed to investigate fraud claims.

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  • The truth is that they appoint no more than a token number of women to managerial jobs.
  • He'll be the acting director until they can appoint a permanent one.
  • The police have appointed a liaison officer to work with the local community.
  • The government has appointed a drugs tsar to co-ordinate the fight against drug abuse.
  • A top German engineer has been appointed to troubleshoot the cause of the accident.

(Definition of “appoint” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“appoint” in American English

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appointverb [ T ]

us /əˈpɔɪnt/

to choose someone officially for a job or responsibility:

Commissioner Curtis was appointed by President Bush.

(Definition of “appoint” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“appoint” in Business English

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appointverb [ T ]

uk /əˈpɔɪnt/ us

HR to choose someone officially for a job or responsibility:

They still have not appointed his replacement.
appoint sb sth She was appointed Chief Executive about 3 years ago.
appoint sb as sth KPMG were appointed as administrators.
appoint sb to do sth A commission has just been appointed to investigate fraud claims.

formal to arrange a date or time when a meeting or other event will happen:

Start the meeting at the appointed time and stick to the agenda.

(Definition of “appoint” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)