appoint vt1 : to name officially to a position [ed to the agency's top post] [ed conservator of the estate]
2 : to determine the distribution of (property) by exercising the authority granted by a power of appointment [a general power to the corpus of a trust "W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al. "]
: to exercise a power of appointment see also power of appointment
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.