From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishappointmentap‧point‧ment /əˈpɔɪntmənt/ ●●●S2W2 noun 🔊 🔊 1[countable]ARRANGE A MEETING, EVENT ETC an arrangement for a meeting at an agreed time and place, for a particular purposean appointment to do something 🔊 I’d like to make an appointment to see the doctor. appointment with 🔊 He has an appointment with a client at 10.30. 🔊 All consultations are by appointment only.2[countable, uncountable]CHOOSE when someone is chosen for a position or jobappointment of 🔊 Other changes included the appointment of a new Foreign Minister.appointment as 🔊 They congratulated him on his appointment as chairman.3[countable]JOB/WORK a job or position, usually involving some responsibilityappointment as 🔊 He has taken up an appointment as Professor of Chemistry.► see thesaurus at job4 →by appointment to the QueenCOLLOCATIONSverbshave an appointmentShe has an appointment with the dentist at 5 o'clock.make/arrange an appointmentCan you phone the hairdresser and make an appointment?book an appointment British English, schedule an appointment American English (=make an appointment)Have you booked another appointment at the clinic?I’ve scheduled your appointment for 9.30.cancel an appointmentHe had to cancel all his afternoon appointments.get an appointment (=succeed in arranging one)It’s difficult to get an appointment on Monday morning.miss an appointment (=not go to an appointment you have arranged)The train was late so I missed my appointment.keep an appointment (=go to an appointment that you have arranged)Please let us know if you cannot keep your appointment.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + appointmenta hospital appointment British EnglishMy hospital appointment lasted half an hour.a doctor’s appointment (also an appointment at the doctor’s)What time is your doctor’s appointment?I have an appointment at the doctor’s this morning.an urgent appointmentI can’t talk now – I have an urgent appointment to get to.a dentist’s/dental appointmentShe has a dental appointment, so she won’t be in until later.a medical appointmentChildren sometimes miss school because of medical appointments.a business appointmentDennis had an early-morning business appointment with a client.a hair appointment (=to have your hair cut)I’d like to make a hair appointment for next week.a morning/afternoon appointmentI asked for a morning appointment.
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appointment• Barron recently received an appointment as vicechairman.• By appointment only, to seriouscollectors and decorators.• a five o'clock appointment• His first interview recently was at 8 a. m. and his appointments were scheduled back to back until midnight.• Judicialappointments have the potential to matter more than legislativerecommendations.• His originalappointment this year was also as manager.• a doctor's appointment• It was expected to lead to the appointment of an impartial body to determine responsibility for the conflict.• The appointment of supporters on the Cabinetcommitteedealing with economicstrategy has already been noted.by appointment only• Admission is free, by appointment only.• Please note that admission to some museums is by appointment only.• The House is open to the public by appointment only.• This may be seen by appointment only.From Longman Business Dictionaryappointmentap‧point‧ment /əˈpɔɪntmənt/ noun1[countable] an arrangement to meet someone at a particular time and placeErlich was 25 minutes early for his appointment.He had an appointment with a union delegate at the Grand Hotel.Were you able to make an appointment to meet the area manager?Visits to the doctor’s surgery are strictly by appointment (=you must make an appointment before coming).2[countable, uncountable]JOB when someone is chosen to do a job, or the job itselfI am pleased to accept the appointment and have taken note of the terms laid down in your letter.a coherent policy for the dismissal and appointment of state employees3[countable]JOB a person who is chosen to do a particular jobOur new appointment, Ms Baynes, seems to be working out very well.