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[dez-ig-ney-shuh n] /ˌdɛz ɪgˈneɪ ʃən/
an act of designating.
the fact of being designated.
something that designates; a distinctive name or title; appellation.
nomination, appointment, or election to an office, position, etc.:
His designation as treasurer has been confirmed.
Origin of designation
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 Unabridged
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  • designation of critical habitat for the little brown bat would protect crucial sites for its survival and recovery.
British Dictionary definitions for designation


something that designates, such as a name or distinctive mark
the act of designating or the fact of being designated
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Word Origin and History for designation

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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