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"appointment" in British English

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appointmentnoun

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

A2 [C] a formal arrangement to meet or visit someone at a particular time 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 to see 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 previously arranged time: House for sale, two bedrooms. Viewing by appointment only.

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  • appointment noun (JOB)

C2 [C or U] the act of officially choosing someone for a job, or the job itself: his appointment as senior lecturer We would like to announce the appointment of Julia Lewis as head of sales. Our department expects to make five new appointments (= appoint five new people) this year alone.
by appointment
in the UK, used by businesses to show that their goods and services are sold to a member of the royal family: 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 formal arrangement to meet or visit someone at a particular time 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   /əˈpɔɪntmənt/ us  
[C] a formal arrangement to meet or visit someone at a particular time and place: an appointment with sb What time is your appointment with the bank manager?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 company triggered a wholesale shake-up of the board. The department needs 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 agreed time 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 packaging identified 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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