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English adjective: designate

1. designate appointed but not yet installed in office


Similarincoming


Antonymsoutgoing


English verb: designate

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


Synonymsdenominate


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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