appointment

noun
ap·​point·​ment | \ ə-ˈpȯint-mənt How to pronounce appointment (audio) \

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

Synonyms

assignment, commission, designation

Antonyms

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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Many people have appointments once to twice a week over a period of six to 12 weeks. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "What to Know About Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Your Pelvic Floor," 10 May 2019 Vogue Runway covered 215 of them back in December, mostly via appointments in New York or, in some cases, far-flung destination shows: Chanel and Versace came to New York, Coach 1941 went to Shanghai, and Valentino traveled to Tokyo. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Revisit the Best Trends From Pre-Fall, Hitting Stores (and Streets!) Now," 2 May 2019 Kenyon says that using these will help strengthen your hair in between salon appointments. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "This "Warm Peach Cobbler" Hair Color Is the Freshest Way to Update Your Red Hair for Summer," 22 Apr. 2019 This isn’t an argument against mental-health care, obviously — still make the screening appointments. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Feeling sad and resentful after move to a different country," 12 Apr. 2019 The appointment books of chiropractors in Washington will be full due to all of the cases of whiplash. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump, GOP plan to rescind budget spending has precedent but rocky path in Congress," 2 Oct. 2018 Talking to your ob/gyn at your annual appointment is a great way to figure out what makes sense for you. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "9 Small but Impactful Health Habits to Lock Down in Your 20s," 19 Apr. 2019 At first, President Trump observed that norm: His Fed appointments... Greg Ip, WSJ, "It’s Up To the Senate Whether the Fed Is Politicized," 10 Apr. 2019 Chiuri, a committed feminist since her appointment three years ago at the French house, was instrumental in having Dior sponsoring the exhibition. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "In Milan, A New Exhibition Celebrates Italian Feminist Artists of the 1970s," 5 Apr. 2019

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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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appointment

noun

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

appointment

noun
ap·​point·​ment | \ ə-ˈpȯint-mənt How to pronounce appointment (audio) \

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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