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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Clark will hold a seat that is reserved for the governor or the governor’s designee. Pamela Wood,, "Maryland Gov. Hogan names 11 new members to UMMS board plagued by contracting scandal," 13 June 2019 After that crash, state Rep. Rob Brooks of Saukville said state Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson had committed to investigating safety solutions at the intersection. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For the second time this summer, a motorcyclist has died at this town of Saukville intersection," 26 Aug. 2019 The new board will consist of 13 members, including six independent members from CBS, four independent members from Viacom, Bakish and two designees of National Amusements, including Shari Redstone. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "CBS-Viacom merger reunites the storied network with Comedy Central, MTV and Paramount Pictures," 13 Aug. 2019 At issue was that the designee did not sign the charge by the one-year deadline, Adam Davey said. Jessica Anderson,, "Baltimore judge dismisses 12 misconduct cases against officers after police department misses key deadlines," 17 June 2019 Were you ever asked by the County Executive or his designee for your opinion of removing Gary Brack from the Jail? Courtney Astolfi,, "Here are the jail questions that Cuyahoga County Sheriff Cliff Pinkney won’t answer," 16 July 2019 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

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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