See also: désignation

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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Middle French designation, from Latin designatio. Morphologically designate +‎ -ion

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  • IPA(key): /dɛzɪɡˈneɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
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designation (countable and uncountable, plural designations)

  1. An act or instance of designating
    Synonym: indication
  2. Selection and appointment for a purpose or office.
    His designation as chief justice was controversial.
    • July 2021, Omar Marrero, quoted in CyberNews[1]
      The designation of funds by Governor Pedro Pierluisi will also allow non-profit entities to continue providing services to communities
  3. That which designates; a distinguishing mark or name; distinctive title; appellation.
    • 1983, Richard Ellis, The Book of Sharks, Knopf, →ISBN, page 144:
      Man is the most aggressive animal in the sea (and on the land as well), and all the "man-eater" stories in history will not change this designation.
  4. Signification, meaning, for example of a word or phrase.
    • 1953, Jacob Hooper Wise, The Meaning in Reading:
      It doesn't list all the connotations that the term may have in various contexts: it specifies the designation of the term, or one of the designations of the term.

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