designation

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

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The exact numbers are determined by the city’s color designation, size of the building and number of entrances. sun-sentinel.com, "Anti-Netanyahu protests swell yet again," 1 Sep. 2020 The designation, which is normally applied to foreign diplomatic outposts, requires the Confucius Institute U.S. Center in Washington to declare its personnel and property in the U.S., giving American officials insight into their operations. ... Kate O’keeffe, WSJ, "U.S. to Classify Beijing-Backed Confucius Institute as Foreign Mission," 13 Aug. 2020 Formulas with this designation have undergone rigorous testing by dermatologists and ophthalmologists before they've been approved for use around the eyes. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best hypoallergenic skin cleanser," 12 Aug. 2020 Today there are more than a dozen towns around the world with the designation, including locales in Malaysia and Australia. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "Attention Bibliophiles: These Book Towns Should Be Your Next Vacation Stops," 7 Jan. 2020 That designation refers to storms with at least 111-mile-per-hour (179-kilometer-per-hour) winds that are the ones that do the most damage. Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Damage from whopper hurricanes rising for many reasons," 27 Aug. 2020 This designation can be applied to properties in Baltimore County and allows for a combination of commercial and residential development. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "Community effort to kill affordable housing project in East Towson blocked; Radcliffe Plaza open for mixed-use development," 27 Aug. 2020 That designation refers to storms with at least 111-mile-per-hour (179-kilometer-per-hour) winds that are the ones that do the most damage. Seth Borenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "The damage from monster hurricanes is growing. The reason? Mostly us.," 26 Aug. 2020 That designation refers to storms with at least 111-mile-per-hour (179-kilometer-per-hour) winds that are the ones that do the most damage. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, "Damage from whopper hurricanes rising for many reasons," 26 Aug. 2020

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

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11 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Designation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/designation. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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designation

noun
How to pronounce designation (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of designation

formal
: 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 How to pronounce designation (audio) \

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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