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.
- des·ig·na·tive, des·ig·na·to·ry [dez-ig-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, dez-ig-ney-tuh-ree], /ˈdɛz ɪg nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˌdɛz ɪgˈneɪ tə ri/, adjective
- des·ig·na·tor, noun
- de·des·ig·nate, verb (used with object), de·des·ig·nat·ed, de·des·ig·nat·ing.
- non·des·ig·nate, adjective
- non·des·ig·na·tive, adjective
- re·des·ig·nate, verb (used with object), re·des·ig·nat·ed, re·des·ig·nat·ing.
- un·des·ig·nat·ed, adjective
- un·des·ig·na·tive, adjective
- well-des·ig·nat·ed, adjective
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How to use designate in a sentence
Lo thinks the local government should designate one or two protest sites and leave the demonstrators alone.
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 DAILY BEAST
It was the first time in history that the Senate had sustained a filibuster against a cabinet secretary-designate.How the Chuck Hagel Fight Changed the American Jewish Landscape in Washington | J. J. Goldberg | August 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The president alone should not be able to designate a U.S. person as an enemy combatant and then order operatives to kill him.
"Secretary-designate Hagel is focused on the work he's got to do," the Democratic official said.
In marking the public lands of the western territories by statute monuments must designate the corners of the tract.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
It may also be used to designate simply a clever man, who is neither very good nor very wicked.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
But could any dependent being fully designate its glorious origin, and infinite Surety?The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
Mme. Falcon has given, in the provinces, her name to designate tragic "sopranos."Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
The religious partisans generally designate the incredulous as libertines.Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
British Dictionary definitions for designate
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 office: a minister designate
- designative or designatory (ˌdɛzɪɡˈneɪtrɪ), adjective
- designator, noun
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