Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To indicate or specify; point out.
  • transitive v. To give a name or title to; characterize.
  • transitive v. To select and set aside for a duty, an office, or a purpose. See Synonyms at allocate, appoint.
  • adj. Appointed but not yet installed in office: the commissioner designate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Designated; appointed; chosen.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To call by a distinctive title; to name.
  • v. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Designated; appointed; chosen.
  • transitive v. To mark out and make known; to point out; to name; to indicate; to show; to distinguish by marks or description; to specify
  • transitive v. To call by a distinctive title; to name.
  • transitive v. To indicate or set apart for a purpose or duty; -- with to or for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark out or indicate by visible lines, marks, description, name, or something known and determinate: as, to designate the limits of a country; to designate the spot where a star appears in the heavens; to designate the place where the troops landed, or shall land.
  • To point out; distinguish from others by indication; name; settle the identity of: as, to be able to designate every individual who was concerned in a riot.
  • To appoint; select or distinguish for a particular purpose; assign: with for, to, or an infinitive: as, to designate an officer for the command of a station; this captain was designated to the command of the party, or to command the party.
  • Synonyms To mention, characterize, specify.
  • To allot.
  • Appointed; marked out.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. design or destine
  • v. give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  • v. decree or designate beforehand
  • v. assign a name or title to
  • adj. appointed but not yet installed in office
  • v. indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively

Etymologies

Latin dēsignāre, dēsignāt- : dē-, de- + signāre, to mark (from signum, sign; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin designatus, past participle of designare (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yes, the President might again designate him as an enemy combatant, but I can't imagine that that possibility will suffice to preserve the justiciability of Padilla's challenge.

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  • To facilitate the performance of its functions hereunder, the Interstate Commerce Commission itself, or such division, commissioner, officer or employee of the Commission as it may designate, is authorized to act, under the authority of this order, under the title and designation of "Administrator of the Affairs of Federal Managers."

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10065

  • The Secretary of the Interior, acting through such agency or agencies of the Department of the Interior as he shall designate, is authorized and directed to wind up the affairs of the Authority, and to utilize for such purpose so much of the personnel, records, property, and funds of the Authority as may be necessary.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 9742

  • The Secretary of the Interior, acting through such agency or agencies of the Department of the Interior as he shall designate, is authorized and directed to wind up the affairs of the Administration, and to utilize therefor so much of the personnel, records, property, and funds of the Administration as may be necessary.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 9718

  • Counting along the stair as far as nine, there remains this one section which, as there are no more numbers, we again designate as 1; but this is a higher 1 than the first, and to distinguish it from the first we put near it a zero, a sign which means nothing.

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  • The Attorney General, or such officer or agency of the Department of Justice as he may designate, is authorized and directed to transfer to the Philippine Alien Property Administrator all property or interests vested in or transferred to him which were located in the Philippines at the time of such vesting or transfer, or by the proceeds thereof, subject, however, to such expenses as the Attorney General is authorized to charged against such property or proceeds.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 9818

  • The Attorney General or such officer or agency of the Department of Justice as he may designate, is authorized and directed to transfer to the Philippine Alien Property Administrator such personnel, records, files, furniture, equipment, and supplies as the Director of the Bureau of the Budget may determine to be necessary for the performance of the functions hereby transferred, but the Administrator shall reimburse the Attorney General for the furniture, equipment, and supplies so transferred.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 9818

  • The Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Solid Fuels Administration for War until its abolishment and thereafter through such agency or agencies of the Department of the Interior as he may designate, is authorized to wind up and liquidate the affairs of the Solid Fuels Administration for War as expeditiously as practicable and to utilize for such purposes, to the extent necessary, the personnel, property, records, and funds of the Solid Fuels Administration for War and such other funds as may be appropriated therefor.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 9847

  • As mentioned earlier, Bill Lynn, President Obama’s deputy defense secretary-designate, is coming back to the Pentagon from defense-contractor giant Raytheon, where he was top lobbyist.

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  • There is even a word to designate those bad mothers ...

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