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designate

des·ig·nate

designate

 
pronunciation:
de zihg neIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: designated, designates, designating
definition 1: to point out or name.
Yellow paint designates the trees that are to be cut down.
synonyms:
label
similar words:
distinguish, identify, indicate, point
definition 2: to stand for or mean.
A white flag designates surrender.
synonyms:
denote, indicate, stand for
similar words:
characterize, define, depict, imply, represent, suggest
definition 3: to choose for a particular job or purpose.
The king designated her the messenger because she ran so swiftly.
synonyms:
appoint, assign, name
similar words:
call, choose, delegate, elect, nominate, pick, select
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.