designation

noun des·ig·na·tion \ ˌde-zig-ˈnā-shən \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of designation


DESIGNATION Defined for English Language Learners

designation

noun

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

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

Definition of designation for Students

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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