designate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “designate” in the English Dictionary

"designate" in British English

See all translations

designateverb [T]

uk   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   us   /ˈdez.ɪɡ.nət/ /-neɪt/
used after the ​title of a ​particularofficialjob to refer to someone ​chosen to do that ​job, but who has not ​yetstarted doing it: the ​SecretaryGeneral/Managing Director designate
Compare
(Definition of designate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"designate" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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
Compare
(Definition of designate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of designate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “designate”

Word of the Day

chestnut

a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More