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English definition of “designate”

designate

verb [T]
 
 
/ˈdezɪɡneɪt/
to choose someone officially to do a particular job: Traditionally, the director designates his or her successor.designate sb (as) sth/to be sth Thompson has been designated as new department head. designate sb to do sth She has been designated to organize the meeting.
to state officially that a place or thing has a particular character or purpose: designate sth for sth This area of the plant has been specially designated for research and development.designate sth (as) sth They officially designated the building as unsuitable for human habitation.
(Definition of designate verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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