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.

1350–1400; Middle English designacioun < Latin dēsignātiōn- (stem of dēsignātiō) a marking out, equivalent to dēsignāt(us) (see designate) + -iōn- -ion

dedesignation, noun
redesignation, noun Unabridged
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designation (ˌdɛzɪɡˈneɪʃən)
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 & History

late 14c., "action of pointing out," from L. designationem, noun of action from designare (see design). Meaning "descriptive name" is from 1824.
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Example sentences
Not sure what the correct technical designation would be.
Owners of facilities labeled as critical infrastructure would be notified as
  soon as this designation is made.
Yet, to get to know and truly appreciate any species one must start with its
  taxonomical designation.
Briefly discuss the basics of wilderness designation.
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