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Meaning of designate by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Latin designatus, past participle of designare


    • ( adjective ) ( RP ) IPA: /ˈdɛzɪɡ.nət/ or IPA: /ˈdɛzɪɡ.neɪt/
    • ( verb ) ( RP ) IPA: /ˈdɛzɪɡ.neɪt/


    designate ( not comparable )

    1. Designated; appointed; chosen .


    designate ( third-person singular simple present designates present participle designating, simple past and past participle designated )

    1. To mark out and make known; to point out; to name; to indicate; to show; to distinguish by marks or description; to specify; as, to designate the boundaries of a country; to designate the rioters who are to be arrested .
    2. To call by a distinctive title; to name.
    3. To indicate or set apart for a purpose or duty; -- with to or for; to designate an officer for or to the command of a post or station .

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    • designate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • designate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of designate by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. design or destine

    2. decree or designate beforehand

    3. indicate a place, direction, person, or thing

    4. assign a name or title to

    5. give an assignment to ( a person ) to a post, or assign a task to ( a person )

    1. appointed but not yet installed in office