[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 designator
At funerals, his office corresponded with that of the Roman dominus funeris or designator, referred to by Horace, Ep.
Such was the usage in Rome, where the director was styled dominus funeris or designator.
An attendant in a gaily-colored holiday tunic, (designator) corresponds with our box-opener or usher.Quintus Claudius, Volume 2 of 2
The order of the procession was arranged by the designator, master of ceremonies, and it closely resembled a triumphal procession.The Historical Child
- 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 designator
1640s, from Latin designatus, past participle of designare (see design (v.)).
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