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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Synonyms & Antonyms for designation

Synonyms

appointment, assignment, commission

Antonyms

discharge, dismissal, dismission, expulsion, firing

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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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To become citizens, the service members need an honorable service designation, which can come after even just a few days at boot camp. CBS News, "U.S. Army abruptly discharging immigrant recruits: AP," 6 July 2018 To become citizens, the service members need an honorable service designation, which can come after even just a few days at boot camp. Martha Mendoza And Garance Burke, USA TODAY, "US Army begins quietly discharging immigrant recruits on path to citizenship," 5 July 2018 To become citizens, the service members need an honorable service designation, which can come after even just a few days at boot camp. Author: Martha Mendoza, Garance Burke, Anchorage Daily News, "The US Army is quietly discharging immigrant recruits," 5 July 2018 To become citizens, the service members need an honorable service designation, which can come after even just a few days at boot camp. Martha Mendoza And Garance Burke, chicagotribune.com, "Some immigrant Army recruits were promised a path to citizenship. Now they are being quietly discharged.," 5 July 2018 The designation, which has been given to fewer than 100 such locations around the country, kicks off a campaign of restoration and renovation expected to last 18 months and cost roughly $250,000. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Nina Simone’s childhood home now a National Treasure," 19 June 2018 The university qualified under the state’s Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise program, or RISE, which allows it to seek a RISE Zone designation, the university said. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Towson University applying to join state's RISE economic development initiative," 15 June 2018 Yes, GX Blue—no Romer-G designation, which is interesting. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Ears-on: What does Logitech's new GX Blue keyboard switch sound like?," 13 June 2018 Luers-Gillispie’s players have earned 67 all-conference awards, five conference player of the year honors, two conference pitchers of the year designations, two freshman of the year honors and one co-newcomer of the year award. Iliana Limón Romero, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF softball coach Renee Luers-Gillispie leaving after launching Knights' successful program," 9 June 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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