[verb dez-ig-neyt; adjective dez-ig-nit, -neyt]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for designates
The problem was that its punchline contained a certain four-letter word beginning with the letter that designates a failing grade.My Address—and Apology—to Yale
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"Male efflorescence" is the apt term by which Professor Ward designates it.The Truth About Woman
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He designates the Igigi as belonging to heaven, the Anunnaki as belonging to the earth.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
Why may not this man be the same whom Diodorus designates satrap of Cappadocia?
He designates a man to take his place should he be disabled.Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911
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One special light he designates by the old Persian word "Isfahbad."Mystics and Saints of Islam
- 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
C15: from Latin dēsignātus marked out, defined; see design
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Word Origin and History for designates
1640s, from Latin designatus, past participle of designare (see design (v.)).
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