Definition of schedule in US English:



  • 1A plan for carrying out a process or procedure, giving lists of intended events and times.

    ‘we have drawn up an engineering schedule’
    • ‘They came up with a schedule, plan and fiscal philosophy that secured $50,000 in funding from the Council.’
    • ‘Last season there were 35 events on the schedule and Palmer feels that such a number is far too much.’
    • ‘A schedule of events marking the program's 10th anniversary can be found online.’
    • ‘She admitted there were some difficulties with the number of trainers available to carry out training schedules.’
    • ‘As the Games developed, so did a set of procedures such as standardised schedule of events and the practice of the Olympic Truce.’
    • ‘The engineer finally had to start over with an entirely new concept very late in the process, delaying the schedule for the whole project.’
    • ‘They had monitored the locations for the first three events on the schedule and the guest speaker had in fact appeared exactly when he was supposed to.’
    • ‘The competition schedule includes 28 Olympic sports that will be held at 37 venues.’
    • ‘The Festival will be wrapped up on Monday but not before a fun-filled schedule of events are enjoyed by the townsfolk.’
    • ‘Companies get ordering and inventory data at the click of a mouse, so they can rapidly adjust production schedules.’
    • ‘The demand for meat in the US forces the slaughterhouses to maintain rigorous production schedules.’
    • ‘His demanding training schedules have improved his performances but have also come under criticism.’
    • ‘Control is about monitoring, comparing results, revising the schedule, and the plan, taking corrective action, and deferred gratification.’
    • ‘Project schedules, plans and budgets are important, but without quality ideas, great design is impossible.’
    • ‘Most of the nationalised and private banks today offer flexible repayment schedules for purchase of pre-owned cars.’
    • ‘First, we planned our production schedule in great detail, with aggressive but realistic goals.’
    • ‘The investment commitments of the concessionaires should be bound to a particular schedule for carrying out their contract, the auditors said.’
    • ‘Japanese development schedules show that the process takes a maximum of 12 months and is typically much shorter.’
    • ‘After this, further treatment schedules can be planned.’
    • ‘The Supporters' Trust is to draw up a fund-raising schedule with several events planned for the close season.’
    plan, programme, timetable, scheme
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    1. 1.1usually one's schedule One's day-to-day plans or timetable.
      ‘take a moment out of your busy schedule’
      • ‘He congratulated her on her appointment as Minister for Agriculture and thanked her for taking time out of her very busy schedule to come to talk to the meeting.’
      • ‘Even though summer vacations are the only free time that a student gets in an otherwise busy schedule, it must be utilised to the maximum extent.’
      • ‘Family schedules do not allow for uniform activities.’
      • ‘Yesterday, Delaney was trying to rearrange his schedule in order to come.’
      • ‘It fits easily around one's schedule, and allows the least stealthy among us to enjoy the chase.’
      • ‘He might come home for a birthday or stop by when his schedule allowed it.’
      • ‘As I am a bachelor living in a condo with a fairly busy schedule, I vacuumed much more often with this thing than with a traditional upright.’
      • ‘They also provide Express Lunch, a 45-minute three-course set lunch menu which is specially designed to suit guests with a busy schedule.’
      • ‘Jarrett kept up this busy schedule until he was forced to enter the hospital.’
      • ‘Maybe you'll let me take you to lunch, if your schedule permits.’
      • ‘Make time to talk with your child to counteract a hectic, busy family schedule.’
      • ‘We continued to see each other at first every weekend, then it became every other weekend, then it became every 2 weeks depending on his busy work schedule!’
      • ‘I sighed knowing the hectic schedule I'd just gotten myself into.’
      • ‘Also, when our schedules allow we like to tour as much as possible.’
      • ‘Despite his rather busy schedule, the flute maestro is in his own words at peace with himself.’
      • ‘We are separated by the geographical distance between us, as well as our very busy, hectic schedules.’
      • ‘This is a sampling of her weekly schedule: Monday: swimming at 5 a.m., school, singing classes in the afternoon.’
      • ‘Johnny raised his eyebrows and shrugged, ‘I suppose I could fit you into my extremely busy schedule.’’
      • ‘Amidst this busy schedule, she says that she gets enough time with her family.’
      • ‘He arrived over the Christmas break after a unique situation freed him up from his usually busy schedule.’
      timetable, agenda, diary, calendar, appointment book, list of appointments, social calendar
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    2. 1.2 A timetable.
      ‘information on airline schedules’
      • ‘For that matter even the train and airline schedules are now just a click away.’
      • ‘While the network is years away from establishing a primetime schedule complete with its own brand of original programming, PAX is making inroads.’
      • ‘While we observed religiously the timetable of the television schedules, she operated by New York time.’
      • ‘Thai Airways International Plc will rearrange its flight schedules on some European routes during the low season.’
      • ‘Imported series have been a major part of British television schedules for nearly half a century.’
      • ‘The airline's schedules were not affected by the stoppage.’
      • ‘The 1930s had seen a rapid development in radio navigational techniques, spurred by the need for airlines to maintain schedules despite changeable weather.’
      • ‘Airlines are curtailing flight schedules and laying off staff while the planes are travelling at about half capacity.’
      • ‘Go to the MTA Web site for maps and information on fares and schedules.’
      • ‘This year, however, students across the southeast will return the same day as divisions move toward coordinated calendars and busing schedules.’
      • ‘The BA source said the cumulative delays could play havoc with the airline's schedules.’
      • ‘We had a successful broadcast in Carlow during Easter week 2005 and are presently planning our broadcasting schedule for the coming year.’
      • ‘Woods says she checked online flight schedules and flight times between some of the cities.’
      • ‘I have a good friend who knows just about everything having to do with airlines and flight schedules.’
      • ‘What a shame there won't be room for it in this years' packed TV schedules.’
      • ‘Officials urged passengers to check with airlines on flight schedules and available service, and allow ample time to deal with new security procedures.’
      • ‘Yesterday Continental Airlines cut flight schedules by a fifth and gave 12,000 staff a leave of absence.’
      • ‘At current rates of expansion, a huge proportion of British television schedules will be taken up with such drivel.’
      • ‘The bus company has committed itself to always adhere to the schedule and the timetable.’
      • ‘Hoteliers, however, have seen some cancellations and flight schedules have been disrupted.’
      timetable, agenda, diary, calendar, appointment book, list of appointments, social calendar
      list, catalogue, inventory
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  • 2Law
    An appendix to a formal document or statute, especially as a list, table, or inventory.

    • ‘The owner of such design rights is the person identified in the 2nd column in the table of the said schedule.’
    • ‘As the asset schedule makes clear, the financial resources are substantial and liquid.’
    • ‘Clause 26 of the contract between those parties was deemed time to be of the essence, and by Item L of the schedule, encumbrances were listed as nil.’
    • ‘The documents we have just been looking at are schedules to the partnership agreement, as, indeed, is the application form, which your Honours will find at 843.’
    • ‘They would not, because there are statutory limits under the schedule to that Act.’
  • 3(with reference to an income tax system) any of the forms (named “A,” “B,” etc.) issued for completion and relating to the various classes into which taxable income is divided.

    • ‘The IRS and the Department of the Treasury have announced an increase in the threshold for filing a separate schedule for interest or dividend income.’


[with object]
  • 1Arrange or plan (an event) to take place at a particular time.

    ‘the release of the single is scheduled for April’
    • ‘He moved stiffly to the phone and scheduled a new photo appointment.’
    • ‘This year's Dartford Festival is scheduled for July 16 and 17.’
    • ‘The next annual Northern Economist Businesswomen Conference is scheduled for 12 and 13 August in Ongwediva.’
    • ‘The eagerly awaited National Culchie Festival is scheduled for Lisselton at the end of October.’
    • ‘A large planning event is scheduled for the fall at Notre Dame, where the board hopes to hear reactions to the proposal.’
    • ‘Elections for the National Assembly were scheduled for April 2003, but later postponed until June and then October.’
    • ‘The event was scheduled for last weekend but with only 20 ticket bookings the committee had no other option than cancelling.’
    • ‘Those meetings are tentatively scheduled for the end of June 2004 and include meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area.’
    • ‘A press conference was scheduled for October 18 in Bangkok to officially announce the event on national broadcasts.’
    • ‘The following advanced learning and motivational events are scheduled for 2003.’
    • ‘Two years ago, the school scheduled home games at Everett Memorial Stadium.’
    • ‘The Float Parade is scheduled to commence at 1 p.m. and the race will take place immediately after the parade at 3 p.m.’
    • ‘The fair opens at 10 am with the classic cars arriving at around 11.45 am and the Teddy Bear's Picnic is scheduled for 2pm.’
    • ‘We had scheduled Nicole's hair appointment for the following Saturday.’
    • ‘All other events scheduled for tomorrow will go ahead as planned.’
    • ‘The next council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 13.’
    • ‘The first briefing is scheduled for Tuesday morning and, of course, CNN plans live coverage.’
    • ‘As the Dec.1 World AIDS Day is approaching, a series of events have been scheduled for this month and next month.’
    • ‘The mood in the trade has been downbeat in the recent past, which is why producers and distributors are nervous about scheduling the release dates of their films.’
    • ‘George says the event has been tentatively scheduled for Friday Februrary 6 and will be committee's final fundraising effort.’
    arrange, organize, plan, programme, timetable, fix a time for, make arrangements for, book, set up, line up, slot in, time
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    1. 1.1 Make arrangements for (someone or something) to do something.
      with object and infinitive ‘he is scheduled to be released from prison this spring’
      • ‘He believed it was plot to tarnish the Jamaat's name because he was scheduled to appear on a radio talk show yesterday.’
      • ‘AU is scheduled to release its first-half profits on July 22.’
      • ‘Arrive at the airport least two hours before your plane is scheduled to depart.’
      • ‘He frowned, struggling to remember the time that they were scheduled to arrive.’
      • ‘The issue is scheduled to go before voters in February or March but nobody is betting too much on it going ahead.’
      • ‘Chertoff's Senate confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin Wednesday.’
      • ‘The government is scheduled on Monday to determine the action necessary to end the prolonged conflict in Aceh.’
      • ‘Now, the comedy flick is scheduled to be released in February of 2006.’
      • ‘A commission was scheduled to be appointed within 10 days of the end of the strike to investigate possible unwarranted dismissals since March 1.’
      • ‘The system was originally scheduled to be launched on May 1.’
      • ‘About 30 people were scheduled to fly out of Geraldton this morning and about 80 tonight.’
      • ‘Originally Miramax scheduled the film for release in late 2001, but after September 11 it was shelved indefinitely.’
      • ‘Group of Seven finance ministers are scheduled to meet in Washington on that Friday.’
      • ‘The delegation is also scheduled to visit several U.S. military bases.’
      • ‘Half of the 30 companies in the blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average are scheduled to release results.’
      • ‘The government and the legislators are also scheduled to approve the selection of the senior deputy governor for the Central Bank.’
      • ‘An autopsy is scheduled to determine how the Salisbury girl died.’
      • ‘The extradition hearing is now scheduled to begin in London in January.’
      • ‘The book is scheduled to be released in 2003 and Dunphy is anxious that none of the material becomes public knowledge before then.’
      • ‘Virtually all the tax cuts passed in the President's first term are scheduled to terminate on specific dates clustered around 2010.’


  • ahead of (or behind) schedule

    • Earlier (or later) than planned or expected.

      • ‘Almost half of the children's centres planned for Bradford will be built behind schedule, it has been revealed.’
      • ‘The flight to Chongqing took off four hours behind schedule.’
      • ‘I'm a month ahead of schedule so I plan to go back up to seventeen and then take it down again.’
      • ‘Net debt at the year end is expected to be reduced ahead of schedule, at approximately €465 million.’
      • ‘I am terribly behind schedule - I plan to finish my report during this week.’
      • ‘The remaining two levels of the parking garage are expected to open ahead of schedule later this month.’
      • ‘Work is reportedly ahead of schedule and all the brand new homes are expected to be completed by 2005.’
      • ‘The plans to link our cities with motorways are behind schedule.’
      • ‘That ambitious project has slipped behind schedule.’
      • ‘Earlier this month it was revealed that some elements of the plan are running over budget and at least seven years behind schedule.’
      late, running late, overdue, behind time, not on time, behind, behindhand, behind target
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  • on (or according to) schedule

    • On time; as planned or expected.

      • ‘Building at the Polebarn Road site is on schedule, with engineers expecting to be finished by mid-summer.’
      • ‘Buses are more frequent and are running to schedule, prompting Londoners to take to them in droves.’
      • ‘The barracks are expected to be completed on schedule next month and to come in on budget.’
      • ‘The overall plans for the visit of the African guests are well on schedule.’
      • ‘But a spokesman said engineers were confident that it would begin before the end of May, and would run to schedule.’
      • ‘If their plans were going according to schedule, we'd be in Syria right now.’
      • ‘The holding pond must be emptied on schedule as specified in a waste management plan.’
      • ‘His plans apparently proceeded according to schedule.’
      • ‘It was decided to hold annual Christmas party on Sunday, December 11th, provided the proposed plans go according to schedule.’
      • ‘We expect to deliver further releases to schedule next year.’
      early enough, in good time, punctually, promptly, on time, not too late, with time to spare, at the appointed time, at the right time, on schedule
      punctual, punctually, prompt, promptly, in time, in good time, on schedule, to schedule, when expected, timely, well timed
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘scroll, explanatory note, appendix’): from Old French cedule, from late Latin schedula ‘slip of paper’, diminutive of scheda, from Greek skhedē ‘papyrus leaf’. The verb dates from the mid 19th century.