designate

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verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to indicate and set apart for a specific purpose, office, or duty
designate a group to prepare a plan
2
a
: 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 valuesJ. 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
designative adjective
designator noun
designatory adjective

designate

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adjective

des·​ig·​nate ˈde-zig-ˌnāt How to pronounce designate (audio)
-nət
: chosen but not yet installed (see install sense 2a)
ambassador designate

Examples of designate in a Sentence

Verb The wooden stakes designate the edge of the building site. the designated time for the meeting
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Verb
In 1914, Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. Jennifer Borresen, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by the U.S., killed 1,200 people and abducted about 250 when its fighters stormed into southern Israel from Gaza. TIME, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for designate 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Adjective

1629, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of designate was in 1596

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Cite this Entry

“Designate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/designate. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

designate

verb
des·​ig·​nate
ˈdez-ig-ˌnāt
designated; designating
1
: to appoint or choose by name for a special purpose
designate someone as team captain
2
: to mark or point out : indicate
3
: to call by name or title
Etymology

Verb

from Latin designatus, past participle of designare "to choose for a purpose," from de- "down, from" and signare "to mark, mark out, sign, stamp with a seal," from signum "mark, sign, image" — related to sign

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