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appointment

An appointment is a preset arrangement to meet, like a dentist’s appointment, an appointment with your accountant, or an appointment to have your palm read.

An appointment is a formal date or plan to meet at the appointed time. Whether you have a doctor’s appointment, a hair appointment, or a 1 o’clock lunch appointment, you need to be there — or you’ll have a broken appointment. It’s easier to remember your appointments if you write them down! With roots in the Old French apointier, meaning to “arrange, settle, or place," appointment can also mean the placing, or appointing of, someone into an unelected position.

Definitions of appointment
  1. noun
    a meeting arranged in advance
    synonyms: date, engagement
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    types:
    blind date
    a date with a stranger
    double date
    a date in which two couples participate
    rendezvous, tryst
    a date; usually with a member of the opposite sex
    type of:
    get together, meeting
    a small informal social gathering
  2. noun
    the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
    “the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee”
    synonyms: assignment, designation, naming
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    nomination
    the act of officially naming a candidate
    co-optation, co-option
    the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)
    delegacy
    the appointment of a delegate
    ordinance, ordination
    the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
    recognition
    designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body
    laying on of hands
    laying hands on a person's head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination
    type of:
    conclusion, decision, determination
    the act of making up your mind about something
  3. noun
    a person who is appointed to a job or position
    synonyms: appointee
  4. noun
    the job to which you are (or hope to be) appointed
    “he applied for an appointment in the treasury”
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    type of:
    business, job, line, line of work, occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  5. noun
    (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel)
    synonyms: fitting
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    furnishing
    (usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable
  6. noun
    (law) the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment
    “she allocated part of the trust to her church by appointment
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    type of:
    disposal, disposition
    the act or means of getting rid of something
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