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"designate" in British English

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designateverb [T]

uk   /ˈdez.ɪɡ.neɪt/  us   /ˈdez.ɪɡ.neɪt/
to ​choose someone ​officially to do a ​particularjob: Traditionally, the ​president designates his or her ​successor. Thompson has been designated (as/to be)teamcaptain. [+ to infinitive] She has been designated toorganize the ​meeting.
to say ​officially that a ​place or thing has a ​particularcharacter or ​purpose: This ​area of the ​park has been specially designated forchildren. They ​officially designated the ​area (as)unsuitable for ​humanhabitation.

designateadjective [after noun]

uk   /ˈdez.ɪɡ.nət/ /ˈdez.ɪɡ.neɪt/  us   /ˈdez.ɪɡ.nət/  /ˈdez.ɪɡ.neɪt/
(Definition of designate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"designate" in American English

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designateverb [T]

 us   /ˈdez·ɪɡˌneɪt/
to ​choose someone or something for a ​specialjob or ​purpose, or to ​state that something has a ​particularcharacter or ​purpose: The ​chairman designated his ​daughter as his ​successor. North-south ​streets are designated by ​numbers.
designated
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈdez·ɪɡˌneɪ·t̬ɪd/
a designated ​waitingarea
(Definition of designate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"designate" in Business English

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designateverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​departmenthead. designate sb to do sth She has been designated to ​organize the ​meeting.
to ​stateofficially 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.

designateadjective [after noun]

uk   /ˈdezɪɡneɪt/  us   /ˈdezɪɡnɪt/
used after the ​title of a particular ​officialjob to refer to someone who has been chosen to do that ​job, but who has not yet ​started doing it: the Managing Director designate
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(Definition of designate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“designate” in British English

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