Definition of Designate

1. Verb. Assign a name or title to.

Exact synonyms: Denominate
Specialized synonyms: Denote, Number, Label
Derivative terms: Denomination, Denomination, Denomination, Designation, Designation, Designative

2. Adjective. Appointed but not yet installed in office.
Similar to: Incoming

3. Verb. Give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person). "They designate him to write the letter"

4. Verb. Indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively. ; "He indicated his opponents"
Exact synonyms: Indicate, Point, Show
Generic synonyms: Inform
Specialized synonyms: Point, Finger, Call Attention, Point Out, Signalise, Signalize, Reflect
Derivative terms: Indication, Pointer, Pointer, Pointer

5. Verb. Decree or designate beforehand. "She was destined to become a great pianist"
Exact synonyms: Destine, Doom, Fate
Generic synonyms: Ordain
Derivative terms: Destination, Destination, Fate, Fate

6. Verb. Design or destine. "She was intended to become the director"
Exact synonyms: Destine, Intend, Specify
Generic synonyms: Plan
Specialized synonyms: Mean, Design, Slate, Aim, Calculate, Direct
Derivative terms: Destination

Definition of Designate

1. a. Designated; appointed; chosen.

2. v. t. 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.

Definition of Designate

1. Adjective. Designated; appointed; chosen. ¹

2. Verb. 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. ¹

3. Verb. To call by a distinctive title; to name. ¹

4. Verb. 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. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Designate

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design by contract
design criteria
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design load
design pattern
design patterns
design to cost
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Literary usage of Designate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"To repeat again, we consider th« lern formulated in the preceding qi as a transcendental one, and we therefore, designate the theories con in the answers to ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... and hence the place assigned to the word heart in symbolic language, as also the use of the same word to designate those things symbolized by the heart. ..."

3. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"I will proceed to designate the proper officers to carry the stipulations into effect " RE LEB, " Lieutenant-General US GRANT." " General. ..."

4. Bouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle (1914)
"It is in common use to designate a person engaged in some useless or dishonest ... Fake is also so used and also to designate the quality of such business. ..."

5. A New Logic by Charles Arthur Mercier (1912)
"THE designate QUANTITY. If a Class term is preceded by a sign of quantity, it becomes a designate term, for the sign designates the quantity that is to be ..."

6. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1918)
"... dollar twenty-year endowment policy upon his life, dated October 20, 1900, naming his wife beneficiary but reserving the right to designate another. ..."

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