Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of appointing or designating someone for an office or position.
  • n. The office or position to which one has been appointed.
  • n. An arrangement to do something or meet someone at a particular time and place. See Synonyms at engagement.
  • n. Furnishings, fittings, or equipment.
  • n. Law The act of directing the disposition of property by virtue of a power granted for this purpose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of appointing; designation of a person to hold an office or discharge a trust.
  • n. The state of being appointed to a service or office; an office to which one is appointed; station; position.
  • n. Stipulation; agreement; the act of fixing by mutual agreement.
  • n. An arrangement for a meeting; an engagement.
  • n. Decree; direction; established order or constitution.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The assignment of a person by an official to perform a duty, such as a presidential appointment of a judge to a court.
  • n. Equipment, furniture.
  • n. A honorary part or exercise, as an oration, etc., at a public exhibition of a college; as, to have an appointment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of appointing; designation of a person to hold an office or discharge a trust.
  • n. The state of being appointed to som� service or office; an office to which one is appointed; station; position; an, the appointment of treasurer.
  • n. Stipulation; agreement; the act of fixing by mutual agreement. Hence:: Arrangement for a meeting; engagement.
  • n. Decree; direction; established order or constitution.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Equipment, furniture, as for a ship or an army; whatever is appointed for use and management; outfit; (pl.) the accouterments of military officers or soldiers, as belts, sashes, swords.
  • n. An allowance to a person, esp. to a public officer; a perquisite; -- properly only in the plural.
  • n. A honorary part or exercise, as an oration, etc., at a public exhibition of a college.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of appointing, designating, or placing in office: as, he erred by the appointment of unsuitable men.
  • n. An office held by a person appointed: as, a high appointment in the civil service.
  • n. Stipulation; engagement; assignation; the act of fixing by mutual agreement: as, an appointment to meet at six o'clock.
  • n. Anything fixed or established; established order or constitution; decree; ordinance; direction; order; command: as, it is our duty to submit to the divine appointments.
  • n. Equipment, furniture, outfit, as for a ship, an army, a soldier, etc.; whatever is appointed for use and management; accoutrements: in this sense generally used in the plural.
  • n. The act of preparing; preparation.
  • n. An allowance to a person; a salary or pension, as of a public officer: properly used only in the plural.
  • n. In law, the act of appointing or designating the beneficiary who is to take the use of an estate created under a preceding deed or will. See appoint, 5.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a meeting arranged in advance
  • n. the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
  • n. a person who is appointed to a job or position
  • n. (law) the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment
  • n. the job to which you are (or hope to be) appointed
  • n. (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel)

Etymologies

From Middle French apointement (French appointement). See appoint. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Another aspect of his appointment is his authority to steer the ship.

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  • If your appointment is at the Wood Building, please park in the Wood Center Garage located off of Civic Center Boulevard.

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  • If your appointment is at the Main Building, please park in the Wood Center Garage located off of Civic Center Boulevard.

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  • He may be no worse than most of those who've lead the Department of Transportation, but his appointment is a profoundly uninspiring vote for business as usual at a time when we need change, and an strong indication that the administration doesn't get that energy policy, technological innovation, urban planning, environmental sustainability and transportation are all bound up together, and no solution to our problems can be had without tackling them all together.

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  • That her appointment is an act of cronyism is without a doubt, but if that's the price of admission to another Souter or moderate justice, I'm willing to pay it.

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  • This appointment is our latest attempt to prepare the CPP Investment Board for an evermore complex investment world where we, as fiduciaries, have ethical expectations of companies in which we invest -- expectations therefore that we ought to exemplify ourselves.

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  • Tom Rosenstiel, Rick Kaplan tried to create what he called appointment viewing.

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  • MR. MCCURRY: Yes, the individual was scanning in what we call our appointment computer, the WAVES computer, a long series of names and saw a series of names that he thought ought to have some foreign escort and so designated on the entry log.

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  • In addition, another member of the group, Charles Worthington, recently returned to the firm after a term appointment to the Federal Communications Commission, where he worked to develop smart grid and energy policy for the National Broadband Plan.

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  • This will help us to determine which kind of appointment is most appropriate for your child's developmental needs.

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