[ skej-ool, -ool, -oo-uhl; British shed-yool, shej-ool ]
See synonyms for: schedulescheduledschedulesscheduling on

  1. a plan of procedure, usually written, for a proposed objective, especially with reference to the sequence of and time allotted for each item or operation necessary to its completion: The schedule allows three weeks for this stage.

  2. a series of things to be done or of events to occur at or during a particular time or period: He always has a full schedule.

  1. a timetable.

  2. a written or printed statement of details, often in classified or tabular form, especially one forming an appendix or explanatory addition to another document.

  3. Obsolete. a written paper.

verb (used with object),sched·uled, sched·ul·ing.
  1. to make a schedule of or enter in a schedule.

  2. to plan for a certain date: to schedule publication for June.

Origin of schedule

First recorded in 1350–1400; from Late Latin schedula, equivalent to Latin sched(a) “leaf of paper” + -ula noun suffix (see -ule); replacing Middle English cedule, sedule, from Middle French, from Late Latin, as above

synonym study For schedule

4. See list1.

Other words for schedule

Other words from schedule

  • sched·u·lar, adjective
  • sched·ul·er, noun
  • pre·sched·ule, verb (used with object), pre·sched·uled, pre·sched·ul·ing.
  • sub·sched·ule, noun
  • un·sched·uled, adjective
  • well-scheduled, adjective

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How to use schedule in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for schedule


/ (ˈʃɛdjuːl, esp US ˈskɛdʒʊəl) /

  1. a plan of procedure for a project, allotting the work to be done and the time for it

  2. a list of items: a schedule of fixed prices

  1. a list of times, esp of arrivals and departures; timetable

  2. a list of tasks to be performed, esp within a set period

  3. law a list or inventory, usually supplementary to a contract, will, etc

  4. on schedule at the expected or planned time

  1. to make a schedule of or place in a schedule

  2. to plan to occur at a certain time

Origin of schedule

C14: earlier cedule, sedule via Old French from Late Latin schedula small piece of paper, from Latin scheda sheet of paper

Derived forms of schedule

  • schedular, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with schedule


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