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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The other two appointments will be made by the Senate Rules Committee and the speaker of the Assembly. Patrick Mcgreevy,, "Gov. Jerry Brown appoints members to new cannabis permit appeals panel," 10 July 2018 William Valko, 8th, also criticized the group during the July 2 meeting for waiting until after the appointment had been made to air their concerns. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Group calls on Waukegan officials to denounce, stop associating with local activist," 10 July 2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton now would be making this now a second appointment in the terms of the judicial course of American history which would alter this country for decades to come. Fox News, "What Trump is looking for in his next Supreme Court justice," 28 June 2018 Herzog's appointment was made over the objections of Netanyahu, who had put forward Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz for the position and did not support Herzog. Jewish Journal, "Herzog to replace Sharansky as head of the Jewish Agency," 26 June 2018 The number was called, and an appointment was made. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "Midtown’s Mattress Speakeasy," 21 June 2018 The new attorney general would then have to go through the normal confirmation process in a Senate that would likely be angry at Trump for making the appointment. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Senate has Sessions' back as Trump attacks his own attorney general, experts say," 6 June 2018 Both had left the program to attend a medical appointment for the individual. Travis Andersen,, "Patient, worker from residential care facility in Dedham found dead," 10 July 2018 Kyl may face an even more daunting trip through the corridors of Washington this time because the court carries a lifetime appointment and its next member could decisively tip its ideological balance. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Former Sen. Jon Kyl tapped to guide Trump's Supreme Court nominee through Senate hearings," 9 July 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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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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