ap·​point·​ment | \ ə-ˈpȯint-mənt \

Definition of appointment 

1 : an arrangement for a meeting : engagement She has an appointment for an interview tomorrow.
2 : equipment, furnishings usually plural expensive homes with luxurious appointments
3 : a nonelective office or position holds an academic appointment
4a : an act of appointing someone or something : designation
b law : the designation by virtue of a vested power of a person to enjoy an estate

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Synonyms & Antonyms for appointment


assignment, commission, designation


discharge, dismissal, dismission, expulsion, firing

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Examples of appointment in a Sentence

I'm late for an appointment. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning at nine o'clock. The court ordered the appointment of an attorney to represent the child. the appointment of a committee the appointment of the new secretary of state Did he get his job by appointment or election? He now holds an appointment from the President. her appointment as ambassador to Spain
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Recent Examples on the Web

The appointment comes six months after private-equity firm Vista Equity Partners agreed to acquire a majority stake in IAS, which has 22 offices globally. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Ad Verification Company Integral Ad Science Taps Former Yahoo Executive as CEO," 12 Dec. 2018 If at-home treatments still aren't cutting it, make an appointment with your physician. Chloe Metzger, Allure, "How to Treat Keratosis Pilaris (aka "Chicken Skin") on the Back of Your Arms," 31 Oct. 2018 The appointment in the appeal came after President Donald Trump’s Justice Department refused to handle the case. Jacques Billeaud, The Seattle Times, "Court picks prosecutor to defend ruling on Arpaio’s pardon," 16 Oct. 2018 The appointment came after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe, and Rosenstein stepped in to oversee the investigation. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "How Rod Rosenstein is connected to Trump, Russia investigation," 21 Sep. 2018 The new appointment comes at a good time for Park, said Erik Bergrud, vice president for university engagement. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Former KC Mayor Kay Barnes is Park University's new bridge to the community," 3 July 2018 The appointment comes soon after Instagram launched a longform video platform, IGTV. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "YouTube Hires a Fashion-Industry Whisperer," 25 June 2018 The appointment comes as Lopetegui, 51, is making his final preparations for Spain’s opening match against Portugal in Sochi on Friday., "World Cup referees prepared to take good long look at video reviews," 13 June 2018 Remember when Pre-Fall was a low-key season of showroom appointments? Emily Farra, Vogue, "Valentino Is Staging Its First-Ever Men’s and Women’s Pre-Fall Show Today in Tokyo—Watch It Live Here," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of appointment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for appointment

see appoint

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The first known use of appointment was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of appointment

: an agreement to meet with someone at a particular time

: the act of giving a particular job or position to someone : the act of appointing someone

: a job or duty that is given to a person : a position to which someone is appointed


ap·​point·​ment | \ ə-ˈpȯint-mənt \

Kids Definition of appointment

1 : an agreement to meet at a fixed time an eight-o'clock doctor's appointment
2 : the act of choosing for a position or office or of being chosen for a position or office She became less popular after her appointment as director.
3 : a position or office to which a person is named her appointment as ambassador
4 appointments plural : furnishings

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