designate

adjective
des·​ig·​nate | \ ˈde-zig-ˌnāt How to pronounce designate (audio) , -nət\

Definition of designate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: chosen but not yet installed (see install sense 1b) ambassador designate

designate

verb
des·​ig·​nate | \ ˈde-zig-ˌnāt How to pronounce designate (audio) \
designated; designating

Definition of designate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to indicate and set apart for a specific purpose, office, or duty designate a group to prepare a plan
2a : to point out the location of a marker designating the battle
b : to distinguish as to class (see class entry 1 sense 3) the area we designate as that of spiritual values— J. B. Conant
c : specify, stipulate to be sent by a designated shipper
3 : denote associate names with the people they designate
4 : to call by a distinctive title, term, or expression a particle designated the neutron

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Other Words from designate

Verb

designative \ ˈde-​zig-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce designative (audio) \ adjective
designator \ ˈde-​zig-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce designator (audio) \ noun
designatory \ ˈde-​zig-​nə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce designatory (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for designate

Synonyms: Verb

appoint, fix, name, set

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Examples of designate in a Sentence

Verb

The wooden stakes designate the edge of the building site. the designated time for the meeting

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ratti and his team created a series of wooden modules that are embedded with lights that could help direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic, as well as designate bike lanes or hazard zones. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Futuristic road concept is made of reconfigurable parts that light up," 6 Aug. 2018 Although rediscovered only in 2013 near the town of Pamukkale — famous for its surreal, Unesco-designate travertine hot spring terraces — the cave’s existence has been known since antiquity as part of what was then Hierapolis. Time, "Animals Dropped Dead Inside Roman 'Gate to Hell.' Scientists Just Figured Out Why," 22 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When the donations are to a group or PAC, CRP designated them as liberal or conservative based on their spending patterns. Rani Molla, Recode, "Silicon Valley’s Democrats aren’t galvanized by Trump any more than Republicans are — if you look at their donation history," 5 Nov. 2018 In 1971, the year Sylvia died, the French state bought 80 percent of the island and designated it a national park. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This French Island Is the Nantucket of the Mediterranean," 16 Aug. 2018 Hogan was Pastor's third campaign treasurer, the last one before Pastor designated himself treasurer. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "At last, some answers about Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor's campaign finances," 8 July 2018 Both the Dodgers and Athletics designated him for assignment prior to trading him. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Rare rough showing from Astros results in loss to Rays," 29 June 2018 Remember, 29 other teams passed on him when the Tigers designated him for assignment on March 26. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Blaine Hardy's continued success has Tigers pondering 6-man rotation," 17 June 2018 Hanley's Gone The Red Sox have released Hanley Ramirez , a week after designating him for assignment. Kristie Rieken, courant.com, "George Springer Leads Astros Over Red Sox," 2 June 2018 However, at a recent board meeting, the board proposed eliminating the buffer zone by officially designating it as within Central’s boundaries, not South’s. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Residents to file civil rights complaint stating District 86 discriminates against Hinsdale South students," 24 May 2018 Headley cut loose by Padres The Padres released 34-year-old third baseman Chase Headley, six days after designating him for assignment. BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots owner Robert Kraft deposed in Colin Kaepernick case," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of designate

Adjective

1629, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for designate

Adjective and Verb

Latin designatus, past participle of designare — see design entry 1

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The first known use of designate was in 1596

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designate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of designate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : chosen for a particular job but not officially doing that job yet

designate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of designate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to officially choose (someone or something) to do or be something : to officially give (someone or something) a particular role or purpose
: to call (something or someone) by a particular name or title
: to be used as a name for (something or someone)

designate

verb
des·​ig·​nate | \ ˈde-zig-ˌnāt How to pronounce designate (audio) \
designated; designating

Kids Definition of designate

1 : to appoint or choose for a special purpose They designated a leader.
2 : to call by a name or title Let's designate this angle of the triangle a.
3 : to mark or point out : indicate These lines designate the boundaries.

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