schedule Definition

  • 1a plan that gives expected times for different things to happen
  • 2a list of planned activities or events and the times when they will happen

Using schedule: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "schedule" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have a busy schedule today.

  • Example

    The train schedule has been changed.

  • Example

    What's your schedule for tomorrow?

  • Example

    We need to stick to the schedule.

schedule Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for schedule

Idioms Using schedule

  • a schedule that is very busy and leaves little room for error or delay


    We're on a tight schedule, so we need to work quickly and efficiently.

  • not following the planned or expected schedule


    The flight was off schedule due to bad weather conditions.

  • to follow the planned or expected schedule


    We need to keep to the schedule if we want to finish the project on time.

Phrases with schedule

  • at the planned or expected time


    The project is proceeding on schedule.

  • later than planned or expected


    The construction work is behind schedule.

  • ahead of schedule

    earlier than planned or expected


    The team completed the project ahead of schedule.

Origins of schedule

from Middle English 'scedule', meaning 'scroll', from Old French 'cedule', from Late Latin 'schedula', meaning 'small slip of paper'


Summary: schedule in Brief

The term 'schedule' [ˈʃɛdjuːl] refers to a plan or list of planned activities with expected times. It can be used in various contexts, such as daily routines or transportation. Examples include 'I have a busy schedule today.' and 'The train schedule has been changed.' The phrase 'on schedule' means at the planned time, while 'behind schedule' and 'ahead of schedule' mean later and earlier than planned, respectively.

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