Definition of appointment in English:

appointment

Line breaks: ap¦point|ment
Pronunciation: /əˈpɔɪntm(ə)nt
 
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noun

1An arrangement to meet someone at a particular time and place: she made an appointment with my receptionist
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  • We were building a house in Isleworth, and I had made an appointment to meet a friend of ours on the site.
  • We felt she was a genuine caller and an officer made an appointment to meet her; the lady did not turn up.
  • Parents may feel free to contact Mary at the school and arrange for an appointment to meet her.
Synonyms
2An act of assigning a job or position to someone: his appointment as President
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  • And he then made a series of more or less statesmanlike appointments to senior positions.
  • This was his first visit to Bulgaria after his recent appointment to the position.
  • Moreover, when his appointments to the key positions of Secretary of State, National Security Adviser and Defence Secretary are examined, a clearer picture emerges.
Synonyms
2.1A job or position: she took up an appointment as head of communications
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  • Many institutions have converted full-time appointments to positions held by part-time faculty or graduate assistants.
  • And then I thought of that notion when it came to jobs, professorships, corporate board appointments.
  • He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1927, and held many offices and appointments in professional and academic bodies.
Synonyms
job, post, position, situation, employment, engagement, place, office, station
2.2A person appointed to a job or position: government ministers and other political appointments are frequently replaced
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  • The vast majority of the advisers are not civil servants, but political appointments hand-picked by ministers.
  • Published papers are also distributed to selected appointments, so your work has a good chance of reaching the right eyes.
  • The news comes in the wake of a national survey that found that one in five new secondary school appointments are rated as unsatisfactory by headteachers.
3 (appointments) Furniture or fittings: the room was spartan in its appointments
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  • The decor is unmistakably high class with the fixtures, fittings and appointments setting a relaxed yet cultured atmosphere.
  • In her update of Olympia, entitled Tribeca, an older, clothed woman and a naked young man of Asian descent sit in a loft space furnished with modern appointments.
  • The table appointments are also of very high quality, with the black and silver chopsticks being exceptional.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French apointement, from apointer (see appoint).

Phrases

by appointment

Having previously made an arrangement to do something: visits are by appointment only
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  • Additional visits can be arranged by appointment and they also cater for birthday and school parties.
  • Make sure to call ahead as visits are by appointment only.
  • Tours outside these hours can also be arranged by appointment.

by appointment to the Queen

(In the UK) used by manufacturers to indicate that their products are sold to the queen and are therefore of guaranteed quality.
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  • It is by appointment to the Queen and does a huge mail-order range, from calves' liver to French Loue chicken.
  • Moreover, having been in business since 1707, it provides items by appointment to the Queen and Prince of Wales.
  • Her jewellery is by appointment to the Queen and Crown Princess and our own royal family.

power of appointment

1Power to select the holder of a particular job or position.
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  • There is a balancing of local and national interests that must be served here, and the very least we might expect is for the Minister to give some power of appointment of at least a minority of the positions to local government in the region.
  • It is true that deans and professors are mentioned as the first objects of the power of appointment conferred by that section; but we attach no importance to that circumstance.
  • The power of appointment and dismissal stands entirely independently of the conditions of employment which are comprised in the contract.
2 Law Power to decide the disposal of property, in exercise of a right conferred by the owner.
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  • There was an ‘exercise of a power of appointment under a settlement’ and they did two things: one, they gave some assets to a person absolutely and there was no issue that that created a capital gains tax problem.
  • In the disposal of the property for the benefit of each child the respondent wife has been given a voice both as trustee and under a power of appointment, even though it is the husband who provides all the money…
  • A general power of appointment permits the trustees to appoint in favour of anyone they choose (including the settlor).

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