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NOUN (6)

1. the act of putting a person into a non-elective position;
- Example: "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"
[syn: appointment, assignment, designation, naming]

2. a meeting arranged in advance;
- Example: "she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date"
[syn: date, appointment, engagement]

3. (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel);
[syn: appointment, fitting]

4. a person who is appointed to a job or position;
[syn: appointee, appointment]

5. the job to which you are (or hope to be) appointed;
- Example: "he applied for an appointment in the treasury"

6. (law) the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment;
- Example: "she allocated part of the trust to her church by appointment"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Appointment \Ap*point"ment\, n. [Cf. F. appointement.] 1. The act of appointing; designation of a person to hold an office or discharge a trust; as, he erred by the appointment of unsuitable men. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being appointed to som? service or office; an office to which one is appointed; station; position; an, the appointment of treasurer. [1913 Webster] 3. Stipulation; agreement; the act of fixing by mutual agreement. Hence:: Arrangement for a meeting; engagement; as, they made an appointment to meet at six. [1913 Webster] 4. Decree; direction; established order or constitution; as, to submit to the divine appointments. [1913 Webster] According to the appointment of the priests. --Ezra vi. 9. [1913 Webster] 5. (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. [1913 Webster] 6. 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. [1913 Webster] The cavaliers emulated their chief in the richness of their appointments. --Prescott. [1913 Webster] I'll prove it in my shackles, with these hands Void of appointment, that thou liest. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 7. An allowance to a person, esp. to a public officer; a perquisite; -- properly only in the plural. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] An expense proportioned to his appointments and fortune is necessary. --Chesterfield. [1913 Webster] 8. A honorary part or exercise, as an oration, etc., at a public exhibition of a college; as, to have an appointment. [U.S.] [1913 Webster] Syn: Designation; command; order; direction; establishment; equipment. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

appointment n 1: the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee" [syn: appointment, assignment, designation, naming] 2: a meeting arranged in advance; "she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date" [syn: date, appointment, engagement] 3: (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel) [syn: appointment, fitting] 4: a person who is appointed to a job or position [syn: appointee, appointment] 5: the job to which you are (or hope to be) appointed; "he applied for an appointment in the treasury" 6: (law) the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment; "she allocated part of the trust to her church by appointment"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

116 Moby Thesaurus words for "appointment": accession, allocation, allotment, anointing, anointment, apostolic orders, appropriation, arrangement, arrogation, assignation, assignment, assumption, authorization, berth, bespeaking, billet, blind date, booking, brevet, briefing, bull, calling, canonization, choice, conferment, connection, consecration, coronation, date, declaration, decree, decree-law, decreement, decretal, decretum, delegation, deputation, designation, dictum, diktat, double date, earmarking, edict, edictum, election, employment, empowerment, engagement, engagement book, fiat, gig, hiring, holy orders, incumbency, induction, installation, institution, interview, investiture, ipse dixit, job, law, legitimate succession, major orders, meeting, minor orders, moonlighting, naming, nomination, office, opening, ordainment, orders, ordinance, ordination, ordonnance, place, political election, position, post, posting, preengagement, preferment, presentation, proclamation, pronouncement, pronunciamento, reading in, rendezvous, rescript, reservation, retainment, rule, ruling, second job, seizure, selection, senatus consult, senatus consultum, service, setting aside, situation, slot, spot, station, succession, tabbing, tagging, taking on, taking over, tenure, transferral, tryst, ukase, usurpation, vacancy
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

APPOINTMENT, chancery practice. The act of a person authorized by a will or other instrument to direct how trust property shall be disposed of, directing such disposition agreeably to the general directions of the trust. 2. The appointment must be made in such a manner as to come within the spirit of the power. And although at law the rule only requires that some allotment, however small, shall be given to each person, when the power is to appoint to and among several persons; the rule in equity differs, and requires a real and substantial portion to each, and a mere nominal allotment to one is deemed illusory and fraudulent. When the distribution is left to discretion, without any prescribed rule, Is to such of the children as the trustee shall think proper, he may appoint to one only; 5 Ves. 857; but if the words be, 'amongst' the children as he should think proper, each must have a share, and the doctrine of illusory appointment applies. 4 Ves. 771 Prec. Ch. 256; 2 Vern. 513. Vide, generally, 1 Supp. to Ves. Jr. 40, 95, 201, 235, 237; 2 Id. 1 27; 1 Vern. 67, n.; 1 Ves. Jr. 31 0, n.; 4 Kent, Com. 337; Sugd. on Pow. Index, h.t.; 2 Hill. Ab. Index, h.t.; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1921, et seq.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

APPOINTMENT, government, wills. The act by which a person is selected and invested with an office; as the appointment of a judge, of which the making out of his commission is conclusive evidence. 1 Cranch, 137, 155; 10 Pet. 343. The appointment of an executor, which is done by nominating him as such in a will or testament. 2. By appointment is also understood a public employment, nearly synonymous with office. The distinction is this, that the term appointment is of a more extensive signification than office; for example, the act of authorizing a man to print the laws of the United States by authority, and the right conveyed by such an act, is an appointment, but the right thus conveyed is not an office. 17 S. & R. 219, 233. See 3 S. & R. 157; Coop. Just. 599, 604.