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Meaning of “appointment” in the English Dictionary

"appointment" in British English

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appointmentnoun

uk   us   /əˈpɔɪnt.mənt/
  • appointment noun (ARRANGEMENT)

A2 [C] a ​formalarrangement to ​meet or ​visit someone at a ​particulartime and ​place: I'd like to make an appointment with Dr Evans, ​please. She had to cancel her dental appointment. [+ to infinitive] I've got an appointment tosee Ms Edwards at two o'clock. I've got a two o'clock appointment with Ms Edwards. If he didn't have a ​secretary to ​remind him, he wouldn't keep (= ​remember to be ​present at) any of his appointments. That's the second appointment he's missed.by appointment at a ​previouslyarrangedtime: House for ​sale, two ​bedrooms. Viewing by appointment only.

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  • appointment noun (JOB)

C2 [C or U] the ​act of ​officiallychoosing someone for a ​job, or the ​job itself: his appointment asseniorlecturer We would like to ​announce the appointment of Julia Lewis ashead of ​sales. Our ​departmentexpects to make five new appointments (= ​appoint five new ​people) this ​yearalone.by appointment in the UK, used by ​businesses to show that ​theirgoods and ​services are ​sold to a ​member of the ​royalfamily: Carter's ​Ltd, ​confectioners by appointment to the Queen

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(Definition of appointment from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"appointment" in American English

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appointmentnoun [C/U]

 us   /əˈpɔɪnt·mənt/
a ​formalarrangement to ​meet or ​visit someone at a ​particulartime and ​place: [C] I have a doctor’s appointment ​tomorrow.
(Definition of appointment from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"appointment" in Business English

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appointmentnoun

uk   us   /əˈpɔɪntmənt/
[C] a ​formalarrangement to ​meet or visit someone at a particular ​time and ​place: an appointment with sb What ​time is your appointment with the ​bankmanager?an appointment to do sth We have appointments to see several ​properties.make/arrange/schedule an appointment If they want to see me, tell them to make an appointment.doctor's/dentist's/medical appointment She's had a lot of ​time off ​work for ​medical appointments.
[C or U] HR the ​act or ​process of choosing someone for a ​job: The appointment of a new ​CEO is the next ​step in the ​evolution of the ​company.sb's appointment as sth His appointment as ​chairman is likely to be announced this week.sb's appointment to sth Her appointment to the ​companytriggered a ​wholesaleshake-up of the ​board. The ​departmentneeds to make several new appointments.
[C] HR someone who is chosen for a ​job: Some ​staff believe that Mr King was an unsuitable appointment.
by appointment used to say that something can only be done at an ​agreedtime that must be ​arranged first: Personal ​shoppers are ​available by appointment. Viewings are by appointment only. COMMERCE in the UK, used by ​businesses to show that their ​goods and ​services are ​sold to the Royal Family, and that they are therefore of good ​quality: Their ​packagingidentified them as ​suppliers of meat ​products "by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen".
(Definition of appointment from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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