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Definition of appointment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a formal arrangement to meet or visit someone at a particular time, especially for a reason connected with their work I've got a dentist appointment at 3 o'clock. Do you have an appointment? to make/keep an appointment Viewing is by appointment only (= only at a time that has been arranged in advance). appointment with somebody an appointment with my lawyer appointment for something an appointment for a blood test appointment for somebody to do something She made an appointment for her son to see the doctor.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] appointment (as/to something) the act of choosing a person for a job or position of responsibility; the fact of being chosen for a job, etc. Following her recent appointment to the post… his appointment as principal the appointment of a new judge to the Supreme Court appointments and dismissals
  3. 3[countable] a job or position of responsibility a faculty/judicial appointment The department wished him success in his new appointment as sales manager. synonyms at Job
  4. Thesaurusjobposition post vacancy appointmentThese are all words for a position doing work for which you receive regular payment.job a position doing work for which you receive regular payment:He's trying to get a job at a bank.position (formal) a job:I would like to apply for a position in sales.job or position?Position usually refers to a particular job within an organization, and is not usually used about about jobs generally. It is also often used in job applications, descriptions, and (formal) an important job, especially one in government:She was offered a key post in the new government.vacancy a job that is available for someone to do:We have several vacancies for nurses.appointment (somewhat formal) a job or position of responsibility:After two years, you will become eligible for a permanent appointment.Patterns a permanent/temporary job/position/post/vacancy/appointment a full-time/part-time job/position/post/vacancy/appointment to have/have got a(n) job/position/post/vacancy/appointment to apply for/fill a job/position/post/vacancy to resign from/leave/quit a job/position/post
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