des·​ig·​nee | \ ˌde-zig-ˈnē How to pronounce designee (audio) \

Definition of designee

: one that is designated

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Examples of designee in a Sentence

the President's designees for Cabinet positions the director or his designee shall sign the report
Recent Examples on the Web Sun Sentinel editorials are written by a member of the editorial board or a designee. Dan Sweeney,, 12 May 2021 The trust is comprised of the General Assembly’s presiding officers, the governor or his designee, and a representative of the Maryland Historical Trust. Pamela Wood,, 18 May 2021 For instance, when Republican Amy Murray resigned last year to take a new job her designee picked another Republican, Betsy Sundermann. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 4 May 2021 The outcome is that the surviving joint owner or payable on death designee receives the monies when the person dies, while the beneficiaries in the will receive nothing. Christine Fletcher, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 Last year, after the riots that followed George Floyd's death, Minneapolis entered an agreement with the state that says only the chief or his designee can authorize Minneapolis police to use tear gas, rubber bullets and other similar tactics. Liz Navratil, Star Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 Over the last decade, the United States has also begun to rely on secondary or extraterritorial sanctions, which penalize third parties who conduct business with a designee, effectively forcing others to adhere to U.S. policies. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021 Absentee ballot applications may be downloaded by an individual’s own use, the use of an immediate family member, or the use of a designee of the applicant. Michael Hamad,, 16 Sep. 2020 The former president made the request a week after the deadline that ballots had to be sent by mail, though ballots can be requested through Tuesday if they are picked up in person by the voter or a designee. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of designee

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of designee was in 1899

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9 Jun 2021

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“Designee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of designee

chiefly US, formal : a person who has been officially chosen to do or be something : a person who has been designated

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