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noun     appointment pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] an arrangement to see someone at a particular time, especially for a business meeting or to get a professional service
    make an appointment:

    Why don’t you make an appointment with one of our doctors?

    appointment with:

    I’d like to arrange an appointment with the headteacher.

    appointment to do something:

    I have an appointment to see my lawyer next Saturday.

    keep an appointment (=go to an appointment that you have arranged):

    Please notify us if you are unable to keep your appointment.

    by appointment:

    Viewing of the property is by appointment only.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the fact of being given a new job, especially an important one
    appointment as/to:

    his appointment as governor of California/to the governorship of California


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