appoint

The President can appoint someone as ambassador to another county; that means to give them the job or recommend them for it.

It must be nice to be appointed. Usually, people who want a job have to send in applications, do interviews, and jump through lots of hoops. Appointing is different: someone with the power to appoint can usually just give you the job. In some cases, appointing isn't a sure thing and means something closer to "recommending" — but it still beats filling out all those applications. It takes power to appoint people, which is why world leaders are often the ones appointing.

Definitions of appoint
  1. verb
    assign a duty, responsibility, or obligation to
    “He was appointed deputy manager”
    synonyms: charge
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    assign, delegate, depute, designate
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
    depute, deputise, deputize
    appoint as a substitute
    make, name, nominate
    charge with a function; charge to be
    authorise, authorize, empower
    give or delegate power or authority to
    accredit
    provide or send (envoys or embassadors) with official credentials
    create
    invest with a new title, office, or rank
    mandate
    assign authority to
    cast
    select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet
    post
    assign to a post; put into a post
    cast
    assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors
    devolve
    pass on or delegate to another
    task
    assign a task to
    place
    place somebody in a particular situation or location
    regiment
    assign to a regiment
    reassign, transfer
    transfer somebody to a different position or location of work
    delegate, depute
    transfer power to someone
    mandate
    assign under a mandate
    rename
    name again or anew
    advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
    give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
    break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate
    assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
    entitle
    give the right to
    sanction
    give authority or permission to
    place
    assign to (a job or a home)
  2. verb
    create and charge with a task or function
    synonyms: constitute, name, nominate
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    pack
    set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome
    co-opt
    appoint summarily or commandeer
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    constitute, establish, found, institute, plant
    set up or lay the groundwork for
  3. verb
    furnish
    “a beautifully appointed house”
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    equip, fit, fit out, outfit
    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
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