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English definition of “designate”

designate

verb [T]    /ˈdez·ɪɡˌneɪt/
to choose someone or something for a special job or purpose, or to state that something has a particular character or purpose: The chairman designated his daughter as his successor. North-south streets are designated by numbers. designated    /ˈdez·ɪɡˌneɪ·t̬ɪd/ adjective [not gradable] a designated waiting area
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