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From Old French cedule (whence French cédule), from Late Latin schedula (papyrus strip), diminutive of Latin scheda, from Ancient Greek σχέδη (skhédē, papyrus leaf). Doublet of cedula and cedule.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈʃɛdjuːl/, /ˈʃɛdʒuːl/, /ˈskɛdjuːl/, /ˈskɛdʒuːl/[1]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈskɛdʒʊl/, /ˈskɛdʒəl/, /ˈskɛdʒuəl/, /ˈskɛdʒul/[2]
    • (file)
  • (Indian English) IPA(key): /ˈʃɛdjuːl/
  • (Canada) IPA(key): /ˈskɛdʒu(ə)l/, /ˈskɛdʒuːl/, /ˈʃɛdʒu(ə)l/, /ˈʃɛdʒuːl/
  • (file)


schedule (plural schedules)

  1. (obsolete) A slip of paper; a short note. [14th-17th c.]
  2. (law) A written or printed table of information, often forming an annex or appendix to a statute or other regulatory instrument, or to a legal contract. [from 15th c.]
    schedule of tribes
    1. (US, law) One of the five divisions into which controlled drugs are classified, or the restrictions denoted by such classification. [from 20th c.]
  3. A serial record of items, systematically arranged.
    Synonyms: catalog, list, listing, register, registry, table
  4. A procedural plan, usually but not necessarily tabular in nature, indicating a sequence of operations and the planned times at which those operations are to occur. [from 19th c.]
    stick to the schedule
    we're running behind schedule
    things are happening ahead of schedule
    Synonyms: timeline, timetable
  5. (computer science) An allocation or ordering of a set of tasks on one or several resources. [from 20th c.]


  • Cebuano: eskedyul
  • Indonesian: skedul
  • Japanese: スケジュール
  • Korean: 스케줄 (seukejul)



schedule (third-person singular simple present schedules, present participle scheduling, simple past and past participle scheduled)

  1. To create a time-schedule.
  2. To plan an activity at a specific date or time in the future.
    I'll schedule you for three-o'clock then.
    The next elections are scheduled on the twentieth of November.
  3. To add a name to the list of people who are participating in something.
    I am scheduled for classes next month.
    Synonyms: sign up, register, reserve, enroll, book
  4. (Australia, medicine) To admit (a person) to hospital as an involuntary patient under a schedule of the applicable mental health law.
    whether or not to schedule a patient
    Synonym: (UK) section



  • “schedule” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  1. ^ “Definition of schedule in English”, in (please provide the title of the work)[1], Oxford Online Dictionaries, accessed 2014-04-15
  2. ^ “Definition of schedule in English”, in (please provide the title of the work)[2], Merriam-Webster, accessed 2015-01-31

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