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Meaning of DESIGNATE

Pronunciation:  [adj]'dezignit, [v]'dezig`neyt, 'dezig`neyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  design or destine; "She was intended to become the director"
  2. [v]  decree or designate beforehand; "She was destined to become a great pianist"
  3. [v]  assign a name or title to
  4. [v]  give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

DESIGNATE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: assign, delegate, denominate, depute, destine, destine, doom, fate, intend, specify
 See Also: advance, aim, appoint, break, bump, calculate, cast, charge, demote, denote, design, devolve, direct, elevate, kick downstairs, kick upstairs, label, mandate, mean, number, ordain, place, plan, post, promote, raise, reassign, regiment, relegate, slate, task, transfer, upgrade



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Des"ig*nate\, a. [L. designatus, p. p. of designare.
    See {Design}, v. t.]
    Designated; appointed; chosen. [R.] --Sir G. Buck.
  2. \Des"ig*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Designated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Designating}.]
    1. To mark out and make known; to point out; to name; to
       indicate; to show; to distinguish by marks or description;
       to specify; as, to designate the boundaries of a country;
       to designate the rioters who are to be arrested.
    2. To call by a distinctive title; to name.
    3. To indicate or set apart for a purpose or duty; -- with to
       or for; to designate an officer for or to the command of a
       post or station.
    Syn: To name; denominate; style; entitle; characterize;
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