verb (used with object), des·ig·nat·ed, des·ig·nat·ing.
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.
But "egotism, in the sense of 'self-worship,' is preferable to egoism, since egoism also designates a system of philosophy."Practical Exercises in English|Huber Gray Buehler
For Geography, he designates the books and maps which were then to be had.Loyola and the Educational System of the Jesuits|Thomas Hughes
That which Carlyle designates as the "inward spiritual," in contrast to the "outward economical," is also to be provided for.An Essay On The American Contribution And The Democratic Idea|Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for designates
verb (ˈdɛzɪɡˌneɪt) (tr)
adjective (ˈdɛzɪɡnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
Word Origin for designate
Word Origin and History for designates (1 of 2)
1640s, from Latin designatus, past participle of designare (see design (v.)).