Definition of appointment in English:



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

    ‘she made an appointment with my receptionist’
    • ‘Parents may feel free to contact Mary at the school and arrange for an appointment to meet her.’
    • ‘I have been told they should have made an appointment before visiting and I am not obliged to tell them anything.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She made an appointment to see her GP the next day, taking along a list of matching symptoms.’
    • ‘They hadn't made an appointment and nobody at the schools knew who they were.’
    • ‘The doctor referred us to the clinic and we made an appointment for the two day counselling session that was required first.’
    • ‘A person ought to be capable of functioning well in everyday activities such as socialising, meeting appointments and keeping financial commitments.’
    • ‘We wait for someone who has made an appointment, and not kept it, or made contact.’
    • ‘In the end, my sister-in-law made an appointment for him, and told him to stop being so pathetic.’
    • ‘A friend of mine works in a hairdressers down the road so I made an appointment and off we went.’
    • ‘Students who made an appointment are asked to go back and do so again.’
    • ‘We made an appointment for 2 weeks after that phone call to sit down and get things started.’
    • ‘The therapist then assigned homework and made an appointment for the next session.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many patients also wish to use email to book or cancel appointments, arrange non-urgent consultations, and request repeat prescriptions.’
    • ‘We were building a house in Isleworth, and I had made an appointment to meet a friend of ours on the site.’
    • ‘She has got me to go to hospital appointments by arranging dates, transport and so on.’
    • ‘I phoned up my local private hospital, and made an appointment for the following Thursday!’
    • ‘We felt she was a genuine caller and an officer made an appointment to meet her; the lady did not turn up.’
    • ‘The Doctor ordered an ultrasound immediately and made an appointment to see Andy on that Saturday morning.’
    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.’
    • ‘In his era, appointments to university positions in Britain were heavily influenced by religious considerations.’
    • ‘The appointment of a trustee transforms the position of the investor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moreover, when his appointments to the key positions of Secretary of State, National Security Adviser and Defence Secretary are examined, a clearer picture emerges.’
    • ‘Only one in four faculty appointments was to a full-time, tenure-track position.’
    • ‘There are certain positions that I have the right to make appointments to for which there is no need to consult the warring parties.’
    • ‘He dedicates one chapter to describing the leader's grandsons' appointments to key positions in the government.’
    • ‘Recent appointments also are putting more dealer-friendly faces in key positions’
    • ‘He asked for a Sense of Council regarding her appointment to this position, and it was positive.’
    • ‘Accordingly the purchaser would be warned to insist on the appointment of a second trustee for his own protection.’
    • ‘Pat asked who was in a position to assess a referee from another county before his appointment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her appointment, beginning on Monday, is the second key post to be given to a woman at North Yorkshire Police in recent weeks.’
    • ‘This was his first visit to Bulgaria after his recent appointment to the position.’
    • ‘This is about the appointment of a second chief executive to a Taranaki public health bureaucracy.’
    • ‘Alexander is currently posted in Moscow, his second appointment to Russia.’
    • ‘This practice is particularly important in appointments for public positions.’
    • ‘And he then made a series of more or less statesmanlike appointments to senior positions.’
    • ‘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.’
    nomination, naming, designation, designating, installation, commissioning, engagement, adoption, co-option
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    1. 2.1A job or position.
      ‘she took up an appointment as head of communications’
      • ‘Two positions are PhD-RD positions with cross appointments with the University of Toronto.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Seven of the nine justices received their appointments from Republican presidents.’
      • ‘These figures should be considered an approximate first draft, in part because some professors have cross-departmental appointments.’
      • ‘One-year appointments no longer count as adjunct positions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In 1850, he returned to Ireland to take up an appointment as Archbishop of Armagh.’
      • ‘All the existing secretarial positions in the company are part-time appointments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Worse, the poshest individual regiments effectively reserve public appointments, in the form of commissions, for friends of the old school tie.’
      • ‘The appointments will be allocated to the better performing panel umpires.’
      • ‘He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1927, and held many offices and appointments in professional and academic bodies.’
      • ‘Federal judges have extremely secure positions, founded on the Constitution's provision for lifetime 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.’
      • ‘Many institutions have converted full-time appointments to positions held by part-time faculty or graduate assistants.’
      • ‘The town crier for Dalton-in-Furness does the job so well that he has landed himself a second appointment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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. 2.2A person appointed to a job or position.
      • ‘The vast majority of the advisers are not civil servants, but political appointments hand-picked by ministers.’
      • ‘Thereafter there will be debate about the new appointments among the cabinet and provincial premiers.’
      • ‘Published papers are also distributed to selected appointments, so your work has a good chance of reaching the right eyes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first is that the people who spark objections are second-tier appointments.’
  • 3Furniture or fittings.

    ‘the room was spartan in its appointments’
    • ‘Each suite is authentically furnished with appointments directed to personal comfort.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its rooms are tastefully and luxuriously furnished, with appointments not normally available at these prices.’
    • ‘In a country where career politicians usually fill Cabinet posts, his anti-establishment appointments caused a stir.’
    • ‘Repeat variations of the color in fixtures or other appointments for a cohesive look.’
    • ‘The table appointments are also of very high quality, with the black and silver chopsticks being exceptional.’
    • ‘The decor is unmistakably high class with the fixtures, fittings and appointments setting a relaxed yet cultured atmosphere.’
    • ‘The sculpture depicts a throne chair flanked by an altar table, pulpit, offertory tables - in other words, by church appointments.’
    • ‘While he is recognized for these fanciful appointments, he did more than build furniture.’
    • ‘The rooms are gracious, large, airy and furnished with elegant appointments.’
    furnishings, furniture, units, fixtures, fitments, equipment, appointments, accoutrements, appurtenances
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Middle English: from Old French apointement, from apointer (see appoint).