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parts of speech:
transitive verb, adjective
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: de zihg neIt
inflections: designated, designates, designating
definition 1: to distinguish by means of description, marks, name, or the like; specify.
The committee designated those houses that would have to be removed to make way for the highway.The announcement designated the winners of the essay competition.
earmark, label, mark, name, specify
similar words:
distinguish, identify, indicate, point, stipulate
definition 2: to stand for, mean, or indicate.
Formerly, the word "courtesy" designated all the knightly virtues, including strength and courage.
denote, indicate, signify, stand for
similar words:
characterize, connote, define, depict, imply, represent, suggest, symbolize
definition 3: to choose (someone or something) to serve in a particular capacity or for a particular purpose.
The President designated her as chair of the commission.The head of the mob designated him to carry out the murder.Who designated YOU the leader here?
appoint, assign, name
similar words:
call, choose, delegate, earmark, elect, nominate, pick, select
definition 4: to place in a particular category; characterize.
The courts designated all shoplifting as larceny.
categorize, classify
similar words:
brand, characterize, class, define, identify, label, name, tag
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part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: dez ihg niht
definition: having been appointed to a position but not yet serving in it.
similar words:
assigned, chosen
derivations: designative (adj.), designatory (adj.), designator (n.)
Word Builder: designate +
  • designated driver:
    a person who some people designate to drink no alcohol. This person can then drive a car for the people who have drunk alcohol.
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