Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Appointed; marked out.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Designated; appointed; chosen.
  • verb 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.
  • verb To call by a distinctive title; to name.
  • verb 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin designatus, past participle of designare

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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  • 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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  • 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.

    The Montessori Method

  • 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

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