designate

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin designatus, past participle of designare. Doublet of design.

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AdjectiveEdit

designate (not comparable)

  1. Designated; appointed; chosen.
  2. (Britain) Used after a role title to indicate that the person has been selected but has yet to take up the role.
    • 1619, George Buck, The History of King Richard the Third
      King designate

VerbEdit

designate (third-person singular simple present designates, present participle designating, simple past and past participle designated)

  1. To mark out and make known; to point out; to indicate; to show; to distinguish by marks or description
    to designate the boundaries of a country
    to designate the rioters who are to be arrested
  2. To call by a distinctive title; to name.
    • 1912, chapter 1, in Baseball Joe on the School Nine, Stratemeyer Syndicate:
      "Yes, let 'Sister' Davis have a whack at it too," urged George Bland. Tom Davis, who was Joe Matson's particular chum, was designated "Sister" because, in an incautious moment, when first coming to Excelsior Hall, he had shown a picture of his very pretty sister, Mabel.
  3. 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.

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InterlinguaEdit

ParticipleEdit

designate

  1. past participle of designar

ItalianEdit

VerbEdit

designate

  1. second-person plural present and imperative of designare
  2. feminine plural of designato

AdjectiveEdit

designate

  1. feminine plural of designato

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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

dēsignāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of dēsignō

ReferencesEdit

  • designate in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • designate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette