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 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 Only the president or his designee can authorize the presidential alert. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "No Cellphone Left Behind: U.S. to Test ‘Presidential Alert’ System," 2 Oct. 2018 The designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Pioneer Press,, "National Merit program names New Trier area scholarship recipients," 9 May 2018 He is listed as the designee for Superintendent Robert Runcie. Scott Travis,, "Parkland coach kept his job after district found he sexually harassed students," 15 June 2018 Some experts including Victor Cha, a Georgetown University scholar who until recently was the designee to be the next U.S. ambassador in Seoul, expect South Korea to foot more of the bill for the U.S. presence, given Mr. Trump’s insistence. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Despite Complaints, U.S. Gets a Key Benefit in South Korea: Free Rent," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of designee

1899, in the meaning defined above

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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