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[verb dez-ig-neyt; adjective dez-ig-nit, -neyt] /verb ˈdɛz ɪgˌneɪt; adjective ˈdɛz ɪg nɪt, -ˌneɪt/

verb (used with object), designated, designating.
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):
verb (transitive) (ˈdɛzɪɡˌneɪt)
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 office: a minister designate

1640s, from Latin designatus, past participle of designare (see design (v.)).

As a verb, from 1791, from designate (adj.) or else a back-formation from designation. Related: Designated; designating.


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