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English adjective: designate

1. designate appointed but not yet installed in office



English verb: designate

1. designate (communication) assign a name or title to


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)denote, label, number

2. designate (social) give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

ExamplesThey designate him to write the letter

Synonymsassign, delegate, depute

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)appoint, charge

Narrower (hyponym)advance, break, bump, cast, cast, delegate, demote, depute, devolve, elevate, kick downstairs, kick upstairs, mandate, mandate, place, place, post, promote, raise, reassign, regiment, relegate, task, transfer, upgrade

3. designate (communication) indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively

SamplesI showed the customer the glove section.
He pointed to the empty parking space.
He indicated his opponents.

Synonymsindicate, point, show

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)inform

Narrower (hyponym)call attention, finger, point, point out, reflect, signalise, signalize

4. designate (communication) decree or designate beforehand

SamplesShe was destined to become a great pianist.

Synonymsdestine, doom, fate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)ordain

5. designate (cognition) design or destine

SamplesShe was intended to become the director.

Synonymsdestine, intend, specify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)plan

Narrower (hyponym)aim, calculate, design, direct, mean, slate

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