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

     

    designate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdezɪɡneɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdezɪɡneɪt//
     
    [often passive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they designate
    BrE BrE//ˈdezɪɡneɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdezɪɡneɪt//
     
    he / she / it designates
    BrE BrE//ˈdezɪɡneɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdezɪɡneɪts//
     
    past simple designated
    BrE BrE//ˈdezɪɡneɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdezɪɡneɪtɪd//
     
    past participle designated
    BrE BrE//ˈdezɪɡneɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdezɪɡneɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form designating
    BrE BrE//ˈdezɪɡneɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdezɪɡneɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to say officially that somebody/something has a particular character or name; to describe somebody/something in a particular way designate somebody/something (as) something This area has been designated (as) a National Park. This floor has been designated a no-smoking area. designate somebody/something (as being/having something) Several pupils were designated as having moderate or severe learning difficulties. a designated nature reserve designated seats for the elderly
  2. 2to choose or name somebody for a particular job or position designate somebody/something The director is allowed to designate his/her successor. designate somebody (as) something Who has she designated (as) her deputy? designate somebody to do something the man designated to succeed the president
  3. 3designate something (by something) to show something using a particular mark or sign The different types are designated by the letters A, B and C.
  4. Word Origin mid 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.Extra examples These areas have been specially designated for children. In 1992, Birmingham was designated (as) the UK City of Music. The area has now been formally designated as a Site of Special Interest. The director is allowed to designate his/​her successor. This floor has been designated (as) a no-smoking area.
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