designate

designate
designates, designating, designated
(The verb is pronounced [[t]de̱zɪgneɪt[/t]]. The adjective is pronounced [[t]de̱zɪgnət[/t]].)
1) VERB When you designate someone or something, you formally give them a particular description or name.

[V n as n] ...a man interviewed in one of our studies whom we shall designate as E...

[V n n] There are efforts under way to designate the bridge a historic landmark...

[V-ed] I live in Exmoor, which is designated as a national park.

2) VERB: usu passive If something is designated for a particular purpose, it is set aside for that purpose.

[be V-ed as/for n] Some of the rooms were designated as offices.

[V-ed] ...scholarships designated for minorities...

[V-ed] Smoking is allowed in designated areas.

3) VERB When you designate someone as something, you formally choose them to do that particular job.

[V n as n] Designate someone as the spokesperson...

[V-ed] The President's designated successor is his son.

4) ADJ: n ADJ Designate is used to describe someone who has been formally chosen to do a particular job, but has not yet started doing it.

Japan's Prime Minister-designate is completing his Cabinet today.


English dictionary. 2008.

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