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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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Cheri Whitney, a Republican and store owner from Lake Park, Ga., celebrated the prospect that Roe would be struck down and credited former President Donald Trump’s appointment of three conservatives to the court. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Copeland’s appointment to the job leaves only two open head coach positions at the Division 1 level, at Fordham and South Carolina State. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Adams, in his testimony and in a letter to the city, said he had been alerted by many members of the union about Peplow’s appointment to the board. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2022 On April 4, Twitter announced Musk’s appointment to the social network’s board. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 11 Apr. 2022 Jackson's appointment to the high court as the nation's 116th justice is likely to be a significant component of Mr. Biden's legacy and marked his first opportunity to make his imprint on the high court. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 8 Apr. 2022 In August 2018, Madigan asked Solis to help steer insurance business to Madigan’s son during a meeting about the alderman’s potential appointment to a lucrative state board, the Tribune has reported. Jason Meisner,, 8 Apr. 2022 Some of this is for political reasons: The Democratic base would revolt if senators in the party had the option to block the nomination of a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court and failed to do so. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2022 On Monday evening, hours before Twitter announced Musk's appointment to the board, Musk invited his followers to vote in a poll on whether the platform should support an edit feature. Brian Fung, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Appointment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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