Definition of designate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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BrE BrE//ˈdezɪɡneɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdezɪɡneɪt//
; BrE BrE//ˈdezɪɡnət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdezɪɡnət//
[after noun] (formal) chosen to do a job but not yet having officially started it an interview with the director designate
Word Originmid 17th cent. (as an adjective): from Latin designatus ‘designated’, past participle of designare, based on signum ‘a mark’. The verb dates from the late 18th cent.
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