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.

Primary Meanings of appoint

1.
v
assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
2.
v
furnish
Full Definitions of appoint
1

v assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to

“He was appointed deputy manager”
Synonyms:
charge
Types:
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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)

v create and charge with a task or function

Synonyms:
constitute, name, nominate
Types:
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
Type of:
constitute, establish, found, institute, plant
set up or lay the groundwork for
2

v furnish

“a beautifully appointed house”
Type of:
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

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