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designation

[dez-ig-ney-shuh n] /ˌdɛz ɪgˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act of designating.
2.
the fact of being designated.
3.
something that designates; a distinctive name or title; appellation.
4.
nomination, appointment, or election to an office, position, etc.:
His designation as treasurer has been confirmed.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English designacioun < Latin dēsignātiōn- (stem of dēsignātiō) a marking out, equivalent to dēsignāt(us) (see designate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
dedesignation, noun
redesignation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for de designation

designation

/ˌdɛzɪɡˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
something that designates, such as a name or distinctive mark
2.
the act of designating or the fact of being designated
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Word Origin and History for de designation

designation

n.

late 14c., "action of pointing out," from Old French designacion or directly from Latin designationem (nominative designatio) "a marking out, specification," noun of action from past participle stem of designare (see design (v.)). Meaning "descriptive name" is from 1824.

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