designation

noun
des·​ig·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-zig-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of designation

1 : the act of indicating or identifying the designation of a speech sound
2 : appointment to or selection for an office, post, or service awaiting his next designation
3 : a distinguishing name, sign, or title … the only star in Lynx with a Greek letter designation— Richard Berry approved the area's designation as a wildlife refuge
4 : the relation between a sign and the thing signified

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Examples of designation in a Sentence

Though many people call her a liberal, it is not a designation she uses herself. we've never given the homemade gadget a proper designation

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Trying to avoid the predator designation for their client, Cosby's lawyers argued that the state law itself is unconstitutional. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Bill Cosby prosecutor asks for 5 to 10 years in state prison," 24 Sep. 2018 Buy Photo The Philadelphia Historical Commission on Friday postponed consideration of historic designation for the Painted Bride Art Center in Old City. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Painted Bride hearing for historical designation now on hold until fall," 13 July 2018 What the list did include, according to parents and students who have seen it, are designations for a student’s ethnicity. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Toronto Principal Transferred After Being Accused of Racially Profiling Students With ‘Black List’," 30 June 2018 The entry into the National Registry of Historic Places wasn’t the only recent designation for the structure. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Village seeks to save 112-year-old bridge after truck severely damaged structure: 'This is the face of Long Grove'," 29 June 2018 Anh, Chu, Bac, and Ong were but a few of the designations for an older man in Vietnamese. Oanh Ngo Usadi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Learning English with a drawl," 30 May 2018 Asnuntuck has been awarded this designation for 11 years in a row. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 15 May 2018 That is effectively a nod of approval from the FDA for the GRAS designation. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "PETA roasts Impossible Burger for rat tests, suggests patties cause cancer," 11 Aug. 2018 In applying for the designation, Dark Sky calculated that over the last decade, the area has averaged 286 clear nights per year. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Vacation in Portugal the Less-Obvious Way," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of designation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for designation

see designate entry 1

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designation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of designation

: the act of officially choosing someone or something to do or be something

: a name or title that identifies someone or something

designation

noun
des·​ig·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-zig-ˈnā-shən \

Kids Definition of designation

1 : an act of choosing to be or do something Voters approved designation of the land as a wildlife refuge.
2 : a name, sign, or title that identifies something His official designation is Chief of Security.

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