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

Definition of designee

: one that is designated

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Synonyms for designee


appointee, nominee, selectee

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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

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The panel’s members consist of two representatives each from small, medium and large districts, and the state superintendent or her designee. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Palmyra-Eagle School Board has taken the next step toward dissolving the school district," 2 July 2019 The committee’s recommendation is then reviewed by the police commissioner or his designee. Jessica Anderson,, "Baltimore judge dismisses 12 misconduct cases against officers after police department misses key deadlines," 17 June 2019 Superintendent Robert Runcie, or his designee, overruled the committee’s recommendation to fire Medina and reduced the discipline to a three-day suspension. Scott Travis,, "School Board kept coach on the job after sexual harassment claims," 19 June 2018 Charter has elected Sirius XM Chief Executive James Meyer to its board, as a designee of Liberty Broadband Corp. LBRDK -2.50% , which Mr. Malone also was. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "John Malone Retires From Charter Communications Board," 24 July 2018 The state superintendent of education or his designee. Littice Bacon-blood,, "Should Louisiana use Daylight Saving Time? State task force will evaluate the options," 23 May 2018 Some Democrats warn President Donald Trump’s designee could spell doom for the ACA, even as some conservatives portray Kavanaugh as sympathetic to the Obama-era legislation. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Dems see Kavanaugh as Obamacare threat, but law likely safe," 17 July 2018 To make the rebuttal presentation fair, the Mueller report should be presented confidentially to the attorney general or his designee, as the regulations require. Alan M. Dershowitz, WSJ, "Don’t Let Mueller’s Report Go Unanswered," 2 Dec. 2018 Police chiefs and sheriffs or their designees will be required under the new procedures to testify on the policies and training used by their agencies and investigators from those agencies will provide details about the incident. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Constantine to unveil sweeping changes in inquests into police use of deadly force," 3 Oct. 2018

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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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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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an act or instance of editing or removing

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