Definition of


  1. (verb, cognition) design or destine
  2. (verb, communication) decree or designate beforehand
  3. (verb, communication) indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
    He pointed to the empty parking space
    he indicated his opponents
  4. (verb, communication) assign a name or title to
  5. (verb, social) give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  6. (adj, all) appointed but not yet installed in office

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Designate

  1. 1640s, from L. designatus, pp. of designare (see design). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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