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English definition of “designate”

designate

verb [T]     /ˈdez.ɪɡ.neɪt/
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.Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs 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.Assertions and asserting
(Definition of designate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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