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Adjective designate has 1 sense
  1. designate - appointed but not yet installed in office
    outgoing (indirect, via incoming)
Verb designate has 4 senses
  1. designate, denominate - assign a name or title to
    Derived forms: noun designation1, noun designation3
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
  2. delegate, designate, depute, assign - give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
    --2 is one way to appoint, charge
    Derived form: noun designation2
    Sample sentence:
    They designate him to write the letter
  3. destine, fate, doom, designate - decree or designate beforehand; "She was destined to become a great pianist"
    --3 is one way to ordain
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
  4. intend, destine, designate, specify - design or destine; "She was intended to become the director"
    --4 is one way to plan
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
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