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designate

[v. dez-ig-neyt; adj. dez-ig-nit, -neyt] /v. ˈdɛz ɪgˌneɪt; adj. ˈdɛz ɪg nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), designated, designating.
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.
adjective
5.
named or selected for an office, position, etc., but not yet installed (often used in combination following the noun it modifies):
ambassador-designate.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin dēsignātus, past participle of dēsignāre. See design, -ate1
Related forms
designative, designatory
[dez-ig-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, dez-ig-ney-tuh-ree] /ˈdɛz ɪg nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˌdɛz ɪgˈneɪ tə ri/ (Show IPA),
adjective
designator, noun
dedesignate, verb (used with object), dedesignated, dedesignating.
nondesignate, adjective
nondesignative, adjective
redesignate, verb (used with object), redesignated, redesignating.
undesignated, adjective
undesignative, adjective
well-designated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for de-designate

designate

verb (transitive) (ˈdɛzɪɡˌneɪt)
1.
to indicate or specify
2.
to give a name to; style; entitle
3.
to select or name for an office or duty; appoint
adjective (ˈdɛzɪɡnɪt; -ˌneɪt)
4.
(immediately postpositive) appointed, but not yet in office a minister designate
Derived Forms
designative, designatory (ˌdɛzɪɡˈneɪtrɪ) adjective
designator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēsignātus marked out, defined; see design
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Word Origin and History for de-designate

designate

adj.

1640s, from Latin designatus, past participle of designare (see design (v.)).

v.

As a verb, from 1791, from designate (adj.) or else a back-formation from designation. Related: Designated; designating.

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