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

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Wright became one of the globe’s most famous architects, designing more than 1,000 structures around the globe and earning accolades that include the recent designation of eight of his buildings as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chicago's Hotel Zachary honors the forgotten architect who designed Wrigley Field," 9 Aug. 2019 Instead, Huntsville schools will expand the Honors Graduate distinction by creating the designation of Summa Cum Laude for seniors who maintain an overall GPA of 4.0 or higher throughout their high school careers. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Alabama school system does away with valedictorians, salutatorians," 8 Aug. 2019 McCord elaborated on what goes into determining whether violent acts committed in the U.S. are given the legal designation of terrorism. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "FBI opens domestic terrorist investigation into Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting," 6 Aug. 2019 Formal designations of parks since 2003 added 700 acres of open space, a city document shows, but population has increased by 121,000 over the same period. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Denver residents take a stand on Park Hill Golf Course as green space dwindles citywide," 4 Aug. 2019 The designation of Javad Zarif today reflects this reality. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran’s Top Diplomat," 31 July 2019 The quality of its biking systems — panoramic loops and technically challenging downhill trails — have earned Park City the designation of Gold-Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Amy Tara Koch, Twin Cities, "Mountain getaways are worth a ‘peak’ in summer," 27 July 2019 The quality of its biking systems — panoramic loops and technically challenging downhill trails — have earned Park City the designation of Gold-Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Amy Tara Koch, The Know, "Mountain getaways outside of Colorado that are worthy of a summer vacation," 24 July 2019 In lieu of a more official designation, the Brooklyn bug was given the moniker Agrilus species 9895. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Meet the Beetles: Newly Discovered Brooklynites Have 6 Legs," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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designation

noun

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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