The Alternative English Dictionary: appointment

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appointment {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French apointement (French appointement). See appoint. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /əˈpɔɪnt.mɛnt/
  • (Southern US) /əˈpɔɪnt.mɪnt/, [əˈpʰɔɪ̯nʔmɪnʔ], [əˈpʰɔɪ̯̃ʔmɪnʔ]
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  1. The act of appointing; designation of a person to hold an office or discharge a trust. He erred by the appointment of unsuitable men.
  2. The state of being appointed to a service or office; an office to which one is appointed; station; position. the appointment of treasurer
  3. Stipulation; agreement; the act of fixing by mutual agreement.
  4. An arrangement for a meeting; an engagement. They made an appointment to meet at six. I'm leaving work early because I have a doctor's appointment.
  5. Decree; direction; established order or constitution. To submit to the divine appointments. According to the appointment of the priests. --Ezra vi. 9.
  6. (law) The exercise of the power of designating (under a power of appointment) a person to enjoy an estate or other specific property; also, the instrument by which the designation is made.
  7. (government) The assignment of a person by an official to perform a duty, such as a presidential appointment of a judge to a court.
  8. (now in the plural) Equipment, furniture.
    • 1910, Saki, ‘The Soul of Laploshka’, Reginald in Russia: The appointments were primitive, but the Schnitzel, the beer, and the cheese could not have been improved on.
  9. (US) A honorary part or exercise, as an oration, etc., at a public exhibition of a college; as, to have an appointment.
Synonyms: command, designation, direction, equipment, establishment, order
antonyms:
  • (act of appointing) dismissal

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