Definition of appointment in English:

appointment

noun

  • 1An arrangement to meet someone at a particular time and place.

    ‘she made an appointment with my receptionist’
    • ‘He made an appointment for us to return to the hospital the next day to see the specialist who was treating my wife's cancer.’
    • ‘I phoned up my local private hospital, and made an appointment for the following Thursday!’
    • ‘I have made an appointment with the director at the mental health trust to talk through what she is looking for and see how it could fit with my career plans.’
    • ‘We made an appointment for 2 weeks after that phone call to sit down and get things started.’
    • ‘Students who made an appointment are asked to go back and do so again.’
    • ‘She made an appointment to see her GP the next day, taking along a list of matching symptoms.’
    • ‘We felt she was a genuine caller and an officer made an appointment to meet her; the lady did not turn up.’
    • ‘She has got me to go to hospital appointments by arranging dates, transport and so on.’
    • ‘Many patients also wish to use email to book or cancel appointments, arrange non-urgent consultations, and request repeat prescriptions.’
    • ‘The Doctor ordered an ultrasound immediately and made an appointment to see Andy on that Saturday morning.’
    • ‘The doctor referred us to the clinic and we made an appointment for the two day counselling session that was required first.’
    • ‘We wait for someone who has made an appointment, and not kept it, or made contact.’
    • ‘The therapist then assigned homework and made an appointment for the next session.’
    • ‘A friend of mine works in a hairdressers down the road so I made an appointment and off we went.’
    • ‘I have been told they should have made an appointment before visiting and I am not obliged to tell them anything.’
    • ‘Parents may feel free to contact Mary at the school and arrange for an appointment to meet her.’
    • ‘We were building a house in Isleworth, and I had made an appointment to meet a friend of ours on the site.’
    • ‘In the end, my sister-in-law made an appointment for him, and told him to stop being so pathetic.’
    • ‘They hadn't made an appointment and nobody at the schools knew who they were.’
    • ‘A person ought to be capable of functioning well in everyday activities such as socialising, meeting appointments and keeping financial commitments.’
    meeting, engagement, interview, arrangement, consultation, session
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  • 2An act of appointing; assigning a job or position to someone.

    ‘his appointment as President’
    • ‘The intervening three years have failed to bring a second appointment.’
    • ‘Moreover, when his appointments to the key positions of Secretary of State, National Security Adviser and Defence Secretary are examined, a clearer picture emerges.’
    • ‘He asked for a Sense of Council regarding her appointment to this position, and it was positive.’
    • ‘Her appointment, beginning on Monday, is the second key post to be given to a woman at North Yorkshire Police in recent weeks.’
    • ‘And he then made a series of more or less statesmanlike appointments to senior positions.’
    • ‘Accordingly the purchaser would be warned to insist on the appointment of a second trustee for his own protection.’
    • ‘In his era, appointments to university positions in Britain were heavily influenced by religious considerations.’
    • ‘But principals are concerned at delays in a review of the staffing system proposed last year, as they want to know their allocations in time to make appointments for September.’
    • ‘This practice is particularly important in appointments for public positions.’
    • ‘There are certain positions that I have the right to make appointments to for which there is no need to consult the warring parties.’
    • ‘Alexander is currently posted in Moscow, his second appointment to Russia.’
    • ‘Recent appointments also are putting more dealer-friendly faces in key positions’
    • ‘This was his first visit to Bulgaria after his recent appointment to the position.’
    • ‘Only one in four faculty appointments was to a full-time, tenure-track position.’
    • ‘The statement said that the sudden appointments of new people to key diplomatic positions abroad was a cause of concern, as it could result in politicization of the diplomatic services.’
    • ‘They could make appointments to local positions of influence, they could often grant titles and confer privileges, which would raise the local status of a corporation or individual.’
    • ‘He dedicates one chapter to describing the leader's grandsons' appointments to key positions in the government.’
    • ‘Pat asked who was in a position to assess a referee from another county before his appointment.’
    • ‘This is about the appointment of a second chief executive to a Taranaki public health bureaucracy.’
    • ‘The appointment of a trustee transforms the position of the investor.’
    nomination, naming, designation, designating, installation, commissioning, engagement, adoption, co-option
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    1. 2.1 A job or position.
      ‘she took up an appointment as head of communications’
      • ‘He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1927, and held many offices and appointments in professional and academic bodies.’
      • ‘The town crier for Dalton-in-Furness does the job so well that he has landed himself a second appointment.’
      • ‘Clubs in our league will all have to have a Child Welfare Officer and so far I have received details of such appointments from 20 of our clubs.’
      • ‘As pressure for success has grown, match-fixing teams have transformed the lowly position of referee into one of the most lucrative appointments in Chinese sport.’
      • ‘He invited Aaron into the departmental discussion about how it would handle the new appointments, who might apply, and what the position might look like.’
      • ‘One-year appointments no longer count as adjunct positions.’
      • ‘In 1850, he returned to Ireland to take up an appointment as Archbishop of Armagh.’
      • ‘Federal judges have extremely secure positions, founded on the Constitution's provision for lifetime appointments.’
      • ‘And then I thought of that notion when it came to jobs, professorships, corporate board appointments.’
      • ‘And of course, there's the exhaustion of fighting for benefits and appointments.’
      • ‘Many institutions have converted full-time appointments to positions held by part-time faculty or graduate assistants.’
      • ‘These figures should be considered an approximate first draft, in part because some professors have cross-departmental appointments.’
      • ‘The appointments will be allocated to the better performing panel umpires.’
      • ‘Two positions are PhD-RD positions with cross appointments with the University of Toronto.’
      • ‘Worse, the poshest individual regiments effectively reserve public appointments, in the form of commissions, for friends of the old school tie.’
      • ‘Seven of the nine justices received their appointments from Republican presidents.’
      • ‘But it can be more complex than that, for example involving a series of fixed-term appointments with both employed and self-employed opportunities mixed in.’
      • ‘All the existing secretarial positions in the company are part-time appointments.’
      • ‘Several of the Army's senior commanders are also taking up new appointments, as some members are promoted to new positions and others retire to civilian life.’
      • ‘Initially, Tony sees the job as a temporary appointment, just to help him earn enough money to get a flight back to England.’
      job, post, position, situation, employment, engagement, place, office, station
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    2. 2.2 A person appointed to a job or position.
      • ‘The news comes in the wake of a national survey that found that one in five new secondary school appointments are rated as unsatisfactory by headteachers.’
      • ‘Section 91, which allows for a maximum of two appointments from outside the National Assembly, is limited to Cabinet ministers.’
      • ‘Published papers are also distributed to selected appointments, so your work has a good chance of reaching the right eyes.’
      • ‘Thereafter there will be debate about the new appointments among the cabinet and provincial premiers.’
      • ‘The vast majority of the advisers are not civil servants, but political appointments hand-picked by ministers.’
      • ‘The first is that the people who spark objections are second-tier appointments.’
  • 3appointmentsFurniture or fittings.

    ‘the room was spartan in its appointments’
    • ‘While he is recognized for these fanciful appointments, he did more than build furniture.’
    • ‘In a country where career politicians usually fill Cabinet posts, his anti-establishment appointments caused a stir.’
    • ‘The decor is unmistakably high class with the fixtures, fittings and appointments setting a relaxed yet cultured atmosphere.’
    • ‘Repeat variations of the color in fixtures or other appointments for a cohesive look.’
    • ‘The sculpture depicts a throne chair flanked by an altar table, pulpit, offertory tables - in other words, by church appointments.’
    • ‘The table appointments are also of very high quality, with the black and silver chopsticks being exceptional.’
    • ‘In her update of Olympia, entitled Tribeca, an older, clothed woman and a naked young man of Asian descent sit in a loft space furnished with modern appointments.’
    • ‘The rooms are gracious, large, airy and furnished with elegant appointments.’
    • ‘Its rooms are tastefully and luxuriously furnished, with appointments not normally available at these prices.’
    • ‘Each suite is authentically furnished with appointments directed to personal comfort.’
    furnishings, furniture, units, fixtures, fitments, equipment, appointments, accoutrements, appurtenances
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Phrases

  • by appointment

    • Having previously made an arrangement to do something.

      ‘visits are by appointment only’
      • ‘Instinct makes sure I see them only in the room in my chosen working hours, from late morning or their lunchtime to early or mid-evening, and only by appointment.’
      • ‘Additional visits can be arranged by appointment and they also cater for birthday and school parties.’
      • ‘I would have much preferred to see the place by appointment, even if 20 other people did the same.’
      • ‘Clients can be seen by appointment outside of opening hours’
      • ‘Salesmen will still be able to visit private houses, but only by appointment.’
      • ‘Inspections can be arranged by appointment with the auctioneer.’
      • ‘He may only travel to his solicitor's office in central London by appointment and carrying a letter proving such an arrangement had been made.’
      • ‘This exhibition can be viewed by special arrangement with the organizers and by appointment only.’
      • ‘Make sure to call ahead as visits are by appointment only.’
      • ‘Tours outside these hours can also be arranged by appointment.’
  • power of appointment

    • 1Power to select the holder of a particular job or position.

      • ‘The President has the power of appointment under the Constitution, and the President has reached his position of power through a democratic process that today very much includes debate about the direction the Supreme Court should take.’
      • ‘The power of appointment can also be used, as it was by one President, to impose policies on a bureaucracy that might be unsympathetic to them.’
      • ‘There is a balancing of local and national interests that must be served here, and the very least we might expect is for the Minister to give some power of appointment of at least a minority of the positions to local government in the region.’
      • ‘Now he is trying to use the courts to legislate a mandate the voters never gave him by abusing the power of appointment and ignoring the Constitution's ‘advise and consent’ clause.’
      • ‘The power of appointment and dismissal stands entirely independently of the conditions of employment which are comprised in the contract.’
      • ‘The new motion said that power of appointment should lie with the Scottish parliament.’
      • ‘It is true that deans and professors are mentioned as the first objects of the power of appointment conferred by that section; but we attach no importance to that circumstance.’
      • ‘A first, critical, step in giving them strength and restoring the role of Parliament is removing the power of appointment from the whips and handing it over to MPs themselves.’
      • ‘In the paragraph that this passage appears in, he is arguing against the notion that the President should have the sole power of appointment without the consent of the Senate.’
      • ‘It would then be very clear that there is no power of replacement invested in the chairperson but simply that the chairperson has a power of appointment, which is what I believe the provision was intended to do.’
    • 2Law
      Power to decide the disposal of property, in exercise of a right conferred by the owner.

      • ‘A general power of appointment permits the trustees to appoint in favour of anyone they choose (including the settlor).’
      • ‘There was an ‘exercise of a power of appointment under a settlement’ and they did two things: one, they gave some assets to a person absolutely and there was no issue that that created a capital gains tax problem.’
      • ‘In the disposal of the property for the benefit of each child the respondent wife has been given a voice both as trustee and under a power of appointment, even though it is the husband who provides all the money…’
      power of appointment, right of appointment, favouritism, nepotism, partisanship, partiality, preferential treatment
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French apointement, from apointer (see appoint).

Pronunciation

appointment

/əˈpointmənt//əˈpɔɪntmənt/