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English definition of “appointment”

appointment

noun     /əˈpɔɪntmənt/
[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".
→ See also letter of appointment
(Definition of appointment noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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