[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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Related Words for designatorydenotative, denotive, indicative, referring, denoting, expressed, implying, signifying
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Historical Examples of designatory
Names descriptive or designatory of these forms are frequently applied to them.The Butterfly Book
William Jacob Holland
- 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
Word Origin for designate
C15: from Latin dēsignātus marked out, defined; see design
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1640s, from Latin designatus, past participle of designare (see design (v.)).
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