Definition of appointment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



1 [countable] a formal arrangement to meet or visit someone at a particular time, especially for a reason connected with their workI've got a dentist appointment at 3 o'clock.Do you have an appointment?to make/keep an appointmentViewing is by appointment only (= only at a time that has been arranged in advance). appointment with someonean appointment with my lawyer appointment for somethingan appointment for a blood test appointment for someone to do somethingShe made an appointment for her son to see the doctor.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 principalthe appointment of a new judge to the Supreme Courtappointments and dismissals3 [countable] a job or position of responsibilitya faculty/judicial appointmentThe department wished him success in his new appointment as sales manager.
Usage noteUsage note: jobposition 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.patternsa permanent/temporary job/position/post/vacancy/appointmenta full-time/part-time job/position/post/vacancy/appointmentto have/have got a(n) job/position/post/vacancy/appointmentto apply for/fill a job/position/post/vacancyto resign from/leave/quit a job/position/post