[ verb dez-ig-neyt; adjective dez-ig-nit, -neyt ]
/ verb ˈdɛz ɪgˌneɪt; adjective ˈdɛz ɪg nɪt, -ˌneɪt /
verb (used with object), des·ig·nat·ed, des·ig·nat·ing.
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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM 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/, adjectivedes·ig·na·tor, nounde·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, adjectivere·des·ig·nate, verb (used with object), re·des·ig·nat·ed, re·des·ig·nat·ing.un·des·ig·nat·ed, adjectiveun·des·ig·na·tive, adjectivewell-des·ig·nat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for designate
verb (ˈdɛzɪɡˌneɪt) (tr)
to indicate or specify
to give a name to; style; entitle
to select or name for an office or duty; appoint
adjective (ˈdɛzɪɡnɪt, -ˌneɪt)
(immediately postpositive) appointed, but not yet in officea minister designate
Derived forms of designatedesignative or designatory (ˌdɛzɪɡˈneɪtrɪ), adjectivedesignator, noun
Word Origin for designate
C15: from Latin dēsignātus marked out, defined; see design
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