- to mark or point out; indicate; show; specify.
- to denote; indicate; signify.
- to name; entitle; style.
- to nominate or select for a duty, office, purpose, etc.; appoint; assign.
- named or selected for an office, position, etc., but not yet installed (often used in combination following the noun it modifies): ambassador-designate.
Origin of designate
Examples from the Web for designate
Lo thinks the local government should designate one or two protest sites and leave the demonstrators alone.Occupy Hong Kong Hangs On
September 30, 2014
Under the law government branches other than the defense ministry would have the power to designate information as state secrets.Japan’s new Secrets Bill Threatens To Muzzle The Press and Whistleblowers
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
November 29, 2013
The president alone should not be able to designate a U.S. person as an enemy combatant and then order operatives to kill him.The Essential Spy Guide
Henry A. Crumpton
May 2, 2013
The legislature found time to designate an official “state firearm,” the Colt Single Action Army Revolver.In Antigovernment Arizona, Even the Shooting of a Representative Can’t Change Politics Much
January 7, 2012
Designate celebrity ambassadors and organize group volunteer visits.Solutions for the Orphan Crisis
The Daily Beast
November 17, 2010
Ye see, Mr. Curzoin'—for so they both agreed to designate me.The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete
Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
The word is used to designate an interval, a position, or an angle.Practical Mechanics for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
If you wish to designate them because of their color, you cannot use a false term.
It may be correctly used to designate any division of the useful arts.The Classification of Patents
United States Patent Office
You should also designate a specific length of time to work with self-hypnosis.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
- to indicate or specify
- to give a name to; style; entitle
- to select or name for an office or duty; appoint
- (immediately postpositive) appointed, but not yet in officea minister designate
Word Origin and History for designate
1640s, from Latin designatus, past participle of designare (see design (v.)).