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designate

adjective [after noun]     /ˈdez.ɪɡ.nət/ /-neɪt/
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 → Compare -electRecruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs
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