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designate

verb [T] uk   /ˈdez.ɪɡ.neɪt/ us  
to choose someone officially to do a particular job: Traditionally, the president designates his or her successor. Thompson has been designated (as/to be) team captain. [+ to infinitive] She has been designated to organize the meeting. to say officially that a place or thing has a particular character or purpose: This area of the park has been specially designated for children. They officially designated the area (as) unsuitable for human habitation.

designate

adjective [after noun] uk   /ˈdez.ɪɡ.nət/ /-neɪt/ us  
used after the title of a particular official job to refer to someone chosen to do that job, but who has not yet started doing it: the Secretary General/Managing Director designate
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