Meaning of SCHEDULE in English

I. sched ‧ ule 1 S2 W3 AC /ˈʃedjuːl, ˈske- $ ˈskedʒʊl, -dʒ ə l/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ schedule , ↑ reschedule ; adjective : scheduled, rescheduled; noun : ↑ schedule ]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: cedule 'piece of paper, note' , from Late Latin schedula , from Latin scheda 'sheet of papyrus' ]

1 . a plan of what someone is going to do and when they are going to do it

on schedule (=at the planned time)

The majority of holiday flights depart and arrive on schedule.

ahead of/behind schedule (=before or after the planned time)

Meg’s new book is still well ahead of schedule.

How can he fit everything into his busy schedule?

I’m going to be working to a very tight schedule (=including a lot of things that must be done in a short time) .

2 . American English a list that shows the times that buses, trains etc leave or arrive at a particular place SYN timetable British English

3 . a formal list of something, for example prices:

a schedule of postal charges

• • •


▪ schedule a detailed plan of what someone is going to do and when they will do it, especially someone important:

He has a very busy schedule.


The President’s schedule includes a two-day visit to St Petersburg.

▪ timetable British English , schedule American English a written list that shows the exact times when something will happen, for example when planes or buses leave, or when classes at school take place:

The timetable said there was another train at 6.15.


According to the class schedule, English 104 is at 10 am in Royce Hall.

▪ programme British English , program American English a plan that shows the order of activities at a ceremony, sports meeting, public event etc:

Who is organizing the conference programme?


the next event on the program

▪ agenda a list of the subjects that will be discussed at a meeting:

Attached is the agenda for the budget committee meeting.


the final item on the agenda

▪ timeline a plan for when things will happen or how long you think something will take – used especially in business English:

The timeline for the project is less than six months from start to finish.


What is the usual timeline from the sale of a house to the day you can move in?

▪ itinerary a plan or list of the places you will visit on a journey, usually with the date or time that you will be there:

The Travel Pack includes a detailed itinerary, maps, and a travel guide.


Let me know your itinerary when you know it.

II. schedule 2 S3 AC BrE AmE verb [transitive usually passive]

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ schedule , ↑ reschedule ; adjective : scheduled, rescheduled; noun : ↑ schedule ]

to plan that something will happen at a particular time

be scheduled for June/Monday etc

The elections are scheduled for mid-June.

be scheduled for release/publication/completion etc

Her first album is scheduled for release in September.

be scheduled to do something

Meetings are scheduled to take place all over the country.

scheduled flight/service (=a plane service that flies at the same time every day or every week)

Prices include scheduled flights from Heathrow.

We will not cancel your holiday less than eight weeks before the scheduled departure date.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.