designation

noun

des·​ig·​na·​tion ˌde-zig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce designation (audio)
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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web Most residential wells would not be affected by this designation. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 19 Oct. 2022 Employees concur, based on the responses that helped Precoa earn this designation. Cathie Ericson, oregonlive, 21 Sep. 2022 Like others here, Mr. Bucknell, a Conservative councilor, takes pride in this designation. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Sep. 2022 This designation is determined by the volume and species of trees as well as other factors. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland, 18 Sep. 2022 Join in the conversation with community stakeholders regarding IU Northwest’s status as a HSI and what this designation means for the campus and community. Chicago Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 This rare designation—only seven such emergencies have been declared since 2009—is intended as a prompt for affected nations around the world to begin a coordinated response to the virus, as cases have increased exponentially in the past few weeks. Liam Hess, Vogue, 23 July 2022 This designation makes the college eligible to apply for additional federal funding to expand educational opportunities for and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic and Latinx students. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2022 This designation recognizes how the pairing of the right dishes with the right wines strengthens social ties. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 3 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see designate entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of designation was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near designation

Cite this Entry

“Designation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/designation. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

designation

noun

des·​ig·​na·​tion ˌdez-ig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce designation (audio)
1
: the act of indicating or identifying
2
: appointment to or selection for an office, post, or service
3
: a name, sign, or title that identifies something

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