- When you appoint someone as head of a project, this is an example of a situation where you designate him as the project leader.
- When a sign indicates that you should park in a certain spot, this is an example of a situation where a sign designates a place to park.
Origin of designateMiddle English from Classical Latin designatus, past participle of designare: see design
transitive verb-·nat·ed, -·nat·ing
- to point out; mark out; indicate; specify
- to refer to by a distinguishing name, title, etc.; name
- to name for an office or duty; appoint
transitive verbdes·ig·nat·ed, des·ig·nat·ing, des·ig·nates
- To indicate or specify; point out: a fence that designates the property boundary.
- To give a name or title to; characterize: The 1920s have been designated as the “Roaring Twenties.”
- To select and set aside for a duty, office, or purpose: designated a delegate to represent our department; designated funds for the project. See Synonyms at allocate. See Synonyms at appoint.
Origin of designateLatin dēsignāre dēsignāt- dē- de- signāre to mark ( from signum sign ; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.)
- des′ig·na′tive des′ig·na·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present designates, present participle designating, simple past and past participle designated)
- 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.
- To call by a distinctive title; to name.
- 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.
Latin designatus, past participle of designare