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 Over the past few weeks, the list of popular Caribbean cruise ports given the CDC’s dreaded Level 4 designation has ballooned. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 The prison transgender council, established in 2016, consists of about 10 people, including two psychologists, a psychiatrist and prison designation experts, a Justice Department official told the AP. NBC News, 17 Sep. 2021 The prison transgender council, established in 2016, consists of about 10 people, including two psychologists, a psychiatrist and prison designation experts, a Justice Department official told the AP. Michael Balsamo And Mohamed Ibrahim, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2021 According to the evaluation report, the district and its current and former leader received a developing grade, or a combination of developing and another designation, in nine of the 14 focus areas. Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Sep. 2021 Each designation remains valid for five years from the time of award, according to the city. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2021 The ordinance making the designation official is expected to be completed by year’s end, notes Heather Bonds, the city’s historic preservation officer. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, 12 Sep. 2021 He was limited the past three days but has been able to throw and take snaps and has no injury designation for the game Sunday. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Till Interpretive Center is calling on the federal government to give the areas important to Till's story National Historic Park designation. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 3 Sep. 2021

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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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“Designation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/designation. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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designation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of designation

: 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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