Hypertext Webster Gateway: "designate"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Designate \Des"ig*nate\, a. [L. designatus, p. p. of designare.
See {Design}, v. t.]
Designated; appointed; chosen. [R.] --Sir G. Buck.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Designate \Des"ig*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Designated}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Designating}.]
1. 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.

2. To call by a distinctive title; to name.

3. 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.

Syn: To name; denominate; style; entitle; characterize;

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : appointed but not yet installed in office [syn: {designate(ip)}]
v 1: assign a designation to [syn: {denominate}]
2: give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task
to (a person) [syn: {delegate}, {depute}, {assign}]
3: decree or designate beforehand; "She was destined to become
a great pianist" [syn: {destine}, {fate}, {doom}]
4: design or destine; "She was intended to become the director"
[syn: {intend}, {destine}, {specify}]

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