Definition of appointment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈpɔɪntmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɔɪntmənt//
    Job interviews, Business meetings
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  1. 1  [countable] a formal arrangement to meet or visit somebody at a particular time, especially for a reason connected with their work I've got a dental 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). an appointment book 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. See related entries: Business meetings
  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. her recent appointment to the post his appointment as principal the appointment of a new captain for the England team appointments and dismissals See related entries: Job interviews
  3. 3[countable] a job or position of responsibility a permanent/first appointment The department wished him success in his new appointment as sales manager. Synonymsjobposition 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 in a bank.position (rather formal) a job:a senior position in a large corporationjob or position?Position usually refers to a particular job within an organization, especially at a high level, and is not usually used about jobs generally. It is also often used in job applications, descriptions and advertisements.post a job, especially an important one in a large organization:a key post in the new governmentvacancy a job that is available for somebody to do:We have several vacancies for casual workers.appointment (rather formal, especially British English) a job or position of responsibility:This is a permanent appointment, requiring commitment and hard work.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
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French apointement, from apointer, from a point ‘to a point’.Extra examples Employees may not hold any other appointments. He called without an appointment. He failed to keep his appointment. He takes up his appointment in January. He was offered an appointment in the Education Department. I assume he’ll come at his usual 10 a.m. appointment time. I didn’t know if I would get an appointment at such short notice. I’d like to make an appointment to see the doctor, please. Miss Green resigned her appointment as our regional representative. Patients may be charged for missed appointments. She has already broken three appointments. The President secured the appointment of a close friend. The board has confirmed the appointment of Howard Kendall as Sales Manager. The college terminated the appointments of six professors. The company has announced five key appointments at its Teesside plant. The hospital needs to allow more time for outpatient appointments. The receptionist checked the appointment book. They announced a series of new appointments of key security officials. Tom has been given an appointment at the local hospital. Viewing is only allowed by appointment. an appointment with a doctor the first appointments to the new government the recent appointment of Lars Nittves as director He spent the first month of his new appointment going through the firm’s financial records. I’ve got a dental appointment at 3 o’clock. This is a permanent appointment, requiring commitment and hard work. Those taking up senior government appointments are all vetted.
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