Meaning of designate

des•ig•nate

Pronunciation: (v.dez'ig-nāt"adj.dez'ig-nit, -nāt"), [key]
— v., adj. -nat•ed, -nat•ing,
—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. named or selected for an office, position, etc., but not yet installed (often used in combination following the noun it modifies): ambassador-designate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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