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designate

[verb dez-ig-neyt; adjective dez-ig-nit, -neyt] /verb ˈdɛz ɪgˌneɪt; adjective ˈdɛz ɪg nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), designated, designating.
1.
to mark or point out; indicate; show; specify.
2.
to denote; indicate; signify.
3.
to name; entitle; style.
4.
to nominate or select for a duty, office, purpose, etc.; appoint; assign.
adjective
5.
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
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin dēsignātus, past participle of dēsignāre. See design, -ate1
Related forms
designative, designatory
[dez-ig-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, dez-ig-ney-tuh-ree] /ˈdɛz ɪg nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˌdɛz ɪgˈneɪ tə ri/ (Show IPA),
adjective
designator, noun
dedesignate, verb (used with object), dedesignated, dedesignating.
nondesignate, adjective
nondesignative, adjective
redesignate, verb (used with object), redesignated, redesignating.
undesignated, adjective
undesignative, adjective
well-designated, adjective
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  • With a gesture he designated the Fathers of the Grotto, whom he avoided naming.

  • He who was designated First among the council of the Mureess answered.

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  • I have designated this degeneration by the term blastophthoria.

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  • Thus the Street of the Holy Ghost contains the church so designated.

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  • Charles designated his brother Henry, the King of Poland, as his successor.

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British Dictionary definitions for designated

designated

/ˈdɛzɪɡˌneɪtId/
adjective
1.
(logic) (of a truth value) corresponding to truth in a two-valued logic, or having one of the analogous values in a many-valued logic

designate

verb (transitive) (ˈdɛzɪɡˌneɪt)
1.
to indicate or specify
2.
to give a name to; style; entitle
3.
to select or name for an office or duty; appoint
adjective (ˈdɛzɪɡnɪt; -ˌneɪt)
4.
(immediately postpositive) appointed, but not yet in office: a minister designate
Derived Forms
designative, designatory (ˌdɛzɪɡˈneɪtrɪ) adjective
designator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēsignātus marked out, defined; see design
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Word Origin and History for designated
adj.

past participle adjective from designate. Designated hitter introduced in American League baseball in 1973, soon giving wide figurative extension to designated, e.g. designated driver, by 1985.

designate

adj.

1640s, from Latin designatus, past participle of designare (see design (v.)).

designate

v.

As a verb, from 1791, from designate (adj.) or else a back-formation from designation. Related: Designated; designating.

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