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Synonyms for designate
ˈdɛz ɪgˌneɪt; -nɪt, -ˌneɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. designate(ip)(verb)

    appointed but not yet installed in office


  2. designate, denominate(verb)

    assign a name or title to

    depute, destine, delegate, assign, indicate, fate, show, doom, point, specify, denominate, intend


  3. delegate, designate, depute, assign(verb)

    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

    put, deputize, set apart, indicate, arrogate, show, doom, destine, portion, point, ascribe, specify, depute, delegate, denominate, impute, attribute, assign, intend, allot, deputise, fate


  4. indicate, point, designate, show(verb)

    indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively

    "I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents"

    fate, taper, place, suggest, demo, exhibit, register, show, testify, head, depict, target, evidence, sharpen, maneuver, present, read, indicate, specify, point, channelize, record, betoken, denominate, repoint, channelise, picture, assign, signal, shew, steer, usher, intend, manoeuver, delegate, destine, aim, manoeuvre, depute, level, prove, render, direct, charge, luff, doom, establish, demonstrate, evince, argue, bespeak, express, orient, guide, show up, bear witness


  5. destine, fate, doom, designate(verb)

    decree or designate beforehand

    "She was destined to become a great pianist"

    denominate, destine, intend, depute, delegate, fate, show, specify, indicate, doom, sentence, point, condemn, assign


  6. intend, destine, designate, specify(verb)

    design or destine

    "She was intended to become the director"

    fate, qualify, narrow, peg down, show, fix, nail down, delineate, stand for, point, pin down, doom, determine, indicate, particularize, assign, specify, think, intend, signify, delegate, destine, specialize, mean, depute, delimit, specialise, stipulate, delimitate, define, limit, denominate, condition, particularise, set, narrow down, set apart



  1. designate(verb)

    describe, style, name, entitle, denominate, characterize

  2. designate(verb)

    Designated; appointed; chosen.

    entitle, characterize, style, describe, name, denominate

  3. designate(verb)

    To call by a distinctive title; to name.

    describe, entitle, characterize, style, denominate, name

  4. designate(verb)

    To indicate or set apart for a purpose or duty; -- with to or for; to designate an officer for or to the command of a post or station.

    style, describe, characterize, entitle, name, denominate

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. designate(v. a.)

    specify, particularize, distinguish, define, indicate, denote, show, point out, mark out

  2. designate(v. a.)

    denominate, name, entitle, style, call, dub, term, characterize, describe, christen

  3. designate(v. a.)

    appoint, assign, allot

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How to use designate in a sentence?

  1. Duyeon Kim:

    China and Russia will not fully enforce even existing sanctions, geopolitically it would be difficult to designate new sanctions without a very convincing rationale for Beijing, Moscow and even South Korea's Moon government.

  2. Nabih Berri:

    Why this blockage? The answer certainly lies with the president and prime minister-designate, god willing, the French President Emmanuel Macron will be able to do something in his coming visit. We can only wait.

  3. Mahamat Idriss:

    It is not up to the transitional military council to designate a prime minister in this isolated manner. We want there to be talks between political parties, civil society and other actors in order to reach a consensus.

  4. District Judge Amit Mehta:

    My experience is that they are going to designate all or nearly all of the information that they produce as highly confidential, that’s what’s going to happen.

  5. Ron Wyden:

    Secretary-designate Yellen is one of the world’s top economic minds, and her perspective on economic matters has been widely sought after since she left the Federal Reserve.

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  • обозначавам, определям, предназначавам, назначавам, именувам, означавамBulgarian
  • ustanovit, označit, vymezit, jmenovatCzech
  • bestimmen, nominieren, kennzeichnen, designieren, ausersehen, signieren, vorsehen, nennen, markieren, benennenGerman
  • designar, titular, designadoSpanish
  • osoittaa, nimetä, valita, korvamerkitä, merkitä, nimittää, määrittääFinnish
  • titulizarIdo
  • 称する, 示す, 指定するJapanese
  • addīcōLatin
  • designéierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • numi, indica, desemna, designa, denumiRomanian
  • называть, указывать, назначать, именоватьRussian

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