schedule

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noun

sched·​ule ˈske-(ˌ)jül How to pronounce schedule (audio)
-jəl,
 Canadian also  ˈshe-,
 British usually  ˈshe-(ˌ)dyül
1
: program
especially : a procedural plan that indicates the time and sequence of each operation
finished on schedule
2
: a written or printed list, catalog, or inventory
3
: a body of items to be dealt with : agenda
4
a
: a statement of supplementary details appended to a legal or legislative document
b
obsolete : a written document
5
often capitalized : a governmental list of drugs all subject to the same legal restrictions and controls
usually used with a Roman numeral I to V indicating decreasing potential for abuse or addiction

schedule

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verb

scheduled; scheduling

transitive verb

1
: to appoint, assign, or designate for a fixed time
2
a
: to place in a schedule
b
: to make a schedule of
scheduler noun

Examples of schedule in a Sentence

Noun I have a hectic schedule this week. Students are planning their class schedules for next year. Sorting the mail is part of her daily schedule. I lost my class schedule. Verb We scheduled a meeting for next week. I need to schedule a doctor's appointment.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Republicans involved in the planning of the convention say that the concerns are overstated, that fund-raising is ahead of schedule and that bookings are actively being worked out between groups and venues. Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2024 Flynn said her clinics are rearranging schedules or double booking to accommodate the demand. Lauren Mascarenhas, CNN, 6 Apr. 2024 The lawsuit, which was withdrawn after the agreement was made, stated that prison officials announced that inmates would not be allowed outside to view the eclipse and that the facility would be operating on a holiday schedule that day, NBC reported. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 The Flagstaff In-N-Out Burger opened an hour and a half ahead of schedule on Friday, April 5, 2024. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2024 Day 2 After a relatively light schedule on Day 1, Day 2 was more intense. Fred Bronson, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2024 Celeb Check-in Speaking of routines that don't go by the wayside despite a busy travel schedule, Andrews also won't slip on her skincare, and — fortunately for us — is filled with tips for glowing on the go. Jessica Vadillo, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2024 The union’s contract does not expire until July 31, and negotiators have tried to set an unusually lengthy schedule in hopes of avoiding another industry-wide strike. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 5 Apr. 2024 The proposal would have eliminated taxes on Social Security benefits, long a goal of both parties, and end the state sales tax on food on July 1, six months ahead of schedule. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 5 Apr. 2024
Verb
Another man, David Hosier, is scheduled for execution June 11 for killing a Jefferson City woman in 2009. CBS News, 9 Apr. 2024 In Israel, the country’s war cabinet is scheduled to meet Tuesday, reportedly to discuss the latest round of talks. Karen Deyoung, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024 Certified is now live across Europe, with the U.S. rollout scheduled for later in the second quarter (early summer). Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 9 Apr. 2024 Coachella said on social media Tuesday that the popular indie-rock band would play the festival’s first weekend, which is scheduled to run Friday through Sunday at Indio’s Empire Polo Club before repeating April 19-21. Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 Press attending the show can book a media briefing or schedule a virtual briefing before the show by contacting press@ateliere.com. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Apr. 2024 Doors are set to open at 6 p.m. More than 30 school-specific convocations are scheduled throughout graduation week. The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2024 The next event scheduled in the case is an April 23 hearing. The Enquirer, 28 Mar. 2024 But a few months before the Ebony Beach Club was scheduled to open, the city seized the building and the surrounding land. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Medieval Latin scedula slip, page, charter, from Late Latin schedula slip of paper, diminutive of Latin *scheda strip of papyrus, probably back-formation from Latin schedium impromptu speech, from Greek schedion, from neuter of schedios casual; akin to Greek schedon near at hand, echein to seize, have

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4b

Verb

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of schedule was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near schedule

Cite this Entry

“Schedule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schedule. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

schedule

1 of 2 noun
sched·​ule ˈskej-ü(ə)l How to pronounce schedule (audio)
-əl,
 Canadian also  ˈshej-,
 British usually  ˈshed-yü(ə)l
1
a
: a written or printed list or catalog
a schedule of social events
b
: timetable
a plane schedule
a schedule for completion of the school
2
: program entry 1 sense 3, agenda
my schedule for tomorrow

schedule

2 of 2 verb
scheduled; scheduling
1
: to place in a schedule
schedule a meeting
2
: to make a schedule of
scheduled my income and debts

Medical Definition

schedule

1 of 2 noun
sched·​ule
ˈskej-(ˌ)ü(ə)l, ˈskej-əl, Canadian also ˈshej-, British usually ˈshed-(ˌ)yü(ə)l
1
: a program or plan that indicates the sequence of each step or procedure
reinforcement schedules used in conditioning experiments
especially : regimen
antibiotic schedules for treating Lyme disease
2
often capitalized : an official list of drugs that are subject to the same legal controls and restrictions
usually used with a Roman numeral from I to V indicating decreasing potential for abuse or addiction
the Drug Enforcement Administration classifies heroin as a schedule I drug while diazepam is on schedule IV

schedule

2 of 2 transitive verb
scheduled; scheduling
: to place in a schedule
methadone and phenobarbital are scheduled substances

Legal Definition

schedule

noun
1
a
: a list or statement of supplementary details appended to another document
b
: a formal list, table, catalog, or inventory
2
: a plan that indicates the time and sequence of each element
schedule transitive verb

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