des·ig·nate /ˈdɛzɪgˌnet, nət/
Des·ig·nate a. Designated; appointed; chosen. [R.]
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; as, to designate an officer for or to the command of a post or station.
Syn: -- To name; denominate; style; entitle; characterize; describe.
adj : appointed but not yet installed in office [syn: designate(ip)]
v 1: assign a name or title 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]