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Synonyms for designate
ˈdɛz ɪgˌneɪt; -nɪt, -ˌneɪtdes·ig·nate

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  1. designateverb

    style, name, entitle, denominate, characterize, describe

  2. designateverb

    To mark out and make known; to point out; to name; to indicate; to show; to distinguish by marks or description; to specify; as, to designate the boundaries of a country; to designate the rioters who are to be arrested.

    entitle, characterize, style, describe, name, denominate

  3. designateverb

    To call by a distinctive title; to name.

    describe, entitle, characterize, style, denominate, name

  4. designateverb

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. designate(ip)verb

    appointed but not yet installed in office


  2. designate, denominateverb

    assign a name or title to

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


  3. delegate, designate, depute, assignverb

    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, showverb

    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, designateverb

    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, specifyverb

    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


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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. designateverb

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

  2. designateverb

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

  3. designateverb

    appoint, assign, allot

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How to use designate in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. John McCain:

    I am particularly humbled that my colleagues chose to designate legislation of such importance in my name. Serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee has been an incredibly meaningful experience since my first days on Capitol Hill.

  4. Foreign Ministry:

    The manner in which the foreign minister of Brazil suddenly informed (us of) the postponement ... when the ambassador designate was already at the palace, is unacceptable to Indonesia.

  5. Drew Hammill:

    We must replace CUTGO to allow Democrats to designate appropriate offsets( including revenue increases), a vote AGAINST the Democratic Rules package is a vote to let Mick Mulvaney make across the board cuts, unilaterally reversing Democratic initiatives and funding increases.

Translations for designate

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  • обозначавам, определям, означавам, назначавам, именувам, предназначавамBulgarian
  • označit, vymezit, jmenovat, ustanovitCzech
  • designieren, markieren, kennzeichnen, nennen, vorsehen, signieren, benennen, bestimmen, ausersehen, nominierenGerman
  • titular, designado, designarSpanish
  • nimittää, merkitä, määrittää, osoittaa, nimetä, korvamerkitä, valitaFinnish
  • titulizarIdo
  • 示す, 称する, 指定するJapanese
  • addīcōLatin
  • designéierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • numi, indica, designa, denumi, desemnaRomanian
  • назначать, указывать, называть, именоватьRussian

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