[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 undesignated
Undesignated contributions may be assigned by vote of the Executive Committee.
Under no condition may unmarked or undesignated trees be cut by the purchaser.Our National Forests
Richard H. Douai Boerker
He knew at last what it was that had lurked, formless and undesignated, these many days in the background of his dreams.The Damnation of Theron Ware
The overseer and his daughter left, between a sunset and dawn, for an undesignated bourne.Roads of Destiny
I fear that many of those graves, undesignated and unfenced, have long since been leveled.Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field
Thomas W. Knox
- 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
Word Origin and History for undesignated
1640s, from Latin designatus, past participle of designare (see design (v.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper