designate

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations verb: /ˈdɛzɪgneɪt/, adjective: /ˈdɛzɪgnət/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/v. ˈdɛzɪgˌneɪt; adj. -nɪt, -ˌneɪt/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(v. dezig nāt′; adj. dezig nit, -nāt′)


Inflections of 'designate' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
designates
v 3rd person singular
designating
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
designated
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
designated
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
des•ig•nate /v. ˈdɛzɪgˌneɪt; adj. -nɪt, -ˌneɪt/USA pronunciation   v.,  -nat•ed, -nat•ing, adj. 
v. 
  1. [ + obj] to mark or point out;
    specify:He designated the points where we would meet.
  2. [ + obj + (as + ) obj] to give a name or title to:The neighborhood was designated (as) a historic landmark area.
  3. to nominate or select;
    assign: [ + obj + (as + ) obj]:She was designated (as) the chairperson.[ + obj + to + verb]:She designated me to do the work.

adj. 
  1. Government[after a noun] named or selected for an office or position, but not yet installed:named ambassador-designate until her formal nomination procedure was finished.
des•ig•na•tion /ˌdɛzɪgˈneɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]nicknamed "pretty boy,'' a designation he didn't like but endured.See -sign-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
des•ig•nate  (v. dezig nāt′;adj. dezig nit, -nāt′),USA pronunciation v.,  -nat•ed, -nat•ing, adj. 
v.t. 
  1. to mark or point out;
    indicate;
    show;
    specify.
  2. to denote;
    indicate;
    signify.
  3. to name;
    entitle;
    style.
  4. to nominate or select for a duty, office, purpose, etc.;
    appoint;
    assign.

adj. 
  1. Governmentnamed or selected for an office, position, etc., but not yet installed (often used in combination following the noun it modifies):ambassador-designate.
desig•na′tive, des•ig•na•to•ry  (v. dezig nāt′;adj. dezig nit, -nāt′),USA pronunciation adj.  desig•na′tor, n. 
des′ig•nee, n. 
  • Latin dēsignātus, past participle of dēsignāre. See design, -ate1
  • 1640–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
designate vb /ˈdɛzɪɡˌneɪt/(transitive)
  1. to indicate or specify
  2. to give a name to; style; entitle
  3. to select or name for an office or duty; appoint
adj /ˈdɛzɪɡnɪt; -ˌneɪt/
  1. (immediately postpositive) appointed, but not yet in office: a minister designate
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin dēsignātus marked out, defined; see design

ˈdesigˌnator n
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