designation

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

Definition of designation

  1. 1 :  the act of indicating or identifying the designation of a speech sound

  2. 2 :  appointment to or selection for an office, post, or service awaiting his next designation

  3. 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. 4 :  the relation between a sign and the thing signified

Examples of designation in a sentence

  1. Though many people call her a liberal, it is not a designation she uses herself.

  2. <we've never given the homemade gadget a proper designation>

Origin and Etymology of designation

see 1designate


First Known Use: 14th century


DESIGNATION Defined for English Language Learners

designation

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

Definition of designation for English Language Learners

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

  • : a name or title that identifies someone or something


DESIGNATION Defined for Kids

designation

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

Definition of designation for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of choosing to be or do something Voters approved designation of the land as a wildlife refuge.

  2. 2 :  a name, sign, or title that identifies something His official designation is Chief of Security.



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