sched·​ule | \ ˈske-(ˌ)jül How to pronounce schedule (audio) , -jəl, Canadian also ˈshe-, British usually ˈshe-(ˌ)dyül \

Definition of schedule

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 also : timetable sense 1
3 : a body of items to be dealt with : agenda
4a : 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


scheduled; scheduling

Definition of schedule (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Other Words from schedule


scheduler noun

Synonyms for schedule

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun American Airlines is the latest carrier to announce cuts to its schedule – primarily from its Philadelphia hub – even as demand for flights continues to soar. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione uses a time turner (gifted to her by Professor McGonagall) to double-book her schedule and take extra classes. Bianca Rodriguez, Good Housekeeping, 4 Aug. 2022 These are arbitrary points in time and may or may not have any real meaning to your own personal schedule. Chris Carosa, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Unsurprisingly, the restlessness that characterizes his paintings also translates to his schedule. New York Times, 31 July 2022 All tickets will be honored at the new performance dates, and there are no additional changes to her current touring schedule. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 29 July 2022 In all, the airline is adding 120 new flights to its schedule, to accommodate fans of Oklahoma, Iowa, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan. William Thornton |, al, 27 July 2022 Trevor Story missed his ninth straight game since being hit in the right hand by a pitch, but did add some action to his schedule. Globe Staff,, 25 July 2022 The Avalanche and Lightning dealt with at-times rough ice conditions playing late into June, something that should not happen moving forward as the league gets back to its regular schedule. Stephen Whyno, Baltimore Sun, 27 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The court agreed to take up the case last Wednesday and will schedule a hearing at a later date. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 July 2022 Once Fuentes' case is assigned to a judge for trial, that judge will schedule a hearing on any motions filed in the case, including a preventative detention hearing. Bethany Bruner, USA TODAY, 25 July 2022 After the application period is closed, the committee will schedule interviews for potential members. Hartford Courant, 8 June 2022 The college will schedule interviews at a public meeting June 23. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2022 Some of my patients live independently and have full access to schedule an appointment for their booster and drive themselves to a pharmacy to receive it. Laurie Archbald-pannone, The Conversation, 28 Jan. 2022 The app will allow customers to schedule and conduct telehealth appointments through their TVs. Casey Ross And Katie Palmer, STAT, 14 Jan. 2022 Having it out officially this Spring will give us the chance to schedule some dates to support the album and let people experience these tunes in person as well as via the record. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 12 Jan. 2022 Interested adopters can view available pets, like Pretty Boy Percy, and schedule an appointment online at The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of schedule


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


1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for schedule


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

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sched·​ule | \ ˈske-jül How to pronounce schedule (audio) , -jəl \

Kids Definition of schedule

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a plan of things that need to be done and the times they will be done a construction schedule I have a busy schedule.
2 : a written or printed list of things and the time they will be done my course schedule
3 : a list of the times set for certain events a baseball schedule
4 : timetable the bus schedule


scheduled; scheduling

Kids Definition of schedule (Entry 2 of 2)

: to plan at a certain time My arrival is scheduled for late morning.


sched·​ule | \ ˈskej-(ˌ)ü(ə)l, ˈskej-əl, Canadian also ˈshej-, British usually ˈshed-(ˌ)yü(ə)l \

Medical Definition of schedule

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


transitive verb
scheduled; scheduling

Medical Definition of schedule (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place in a schedule methadone and phenobarbital are scheduled substances


sched·​ule | \ ˈske-jül esp Brit ˈshe-dyül How to pronounce schedule (audio) \

Legal Definition of schedule

1a : 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

Other Words from schedule

schedule transitive verb

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