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Pronunciation:  `dezig'neyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of designating or identifying something
  2. [n]  the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"
  3. [n]  identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others

DESIGNATION is a 11 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: appellation, appellative, appointment, assignment, denomination, identification, naming
 See Also: cognomen, conclusion, co-optation, co-option, decision, delegacy, determination, diagnosing, diagnosis, finding, moniker, name, nickname, nomination, ordinance, ordination, sobriquet, soubriquet, title



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Des`ig*na"tion\, n. [L. designatio: cf. F.
1. The act of designating; a pointing out or showing;

2. Selection and appointment for a purpose; allotment;

3. That which designates; a distinguishing mark or name;
   distinctive title; appellation.

         The usual designation of the days of the week.

4. Use or application; import; intention; signification, as
   of a word or phrase.

         Finite and infinite seem . . . to be attributed
         primarily, in their first designation, only to those
         things have parts.                    --Locke.

Thesaurus Terms
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