designate designate  /ˈdɛ zəɡ ˌneɪt/


  1. (v) assign a name or title to
  2. (v) give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
  3. (v) indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
  4. (v) decree or designate beforehand
  5. (v) design or destine
  6. (adj) appointed but not yet installed in office

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  1. Tim Geithner, Secretary of Treasurer-designate Lisa Jackson, Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency-designate Senator Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior-designate.
  2. Ken Salazar is a hat guy, and he donned his trademark Stetson on Wednesday during his introduction as Secretary of the Interior-designate.
  3. Labor Secretary-designate George Shultz cooks for guests by plastering steaks with a half-inch coat of salt and throwing them in the living room fireplace.


  1. S. Tier highway to be named after Tyrone soldier killed in Afghanistan

    The state Legislature has approved legislation to designate a portion of State Route 14A between... - 3:17 pm
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Elmira Star-Gazette

  2. Carney Appoints Santander’s Hogg as BOE Chief Operating Officer

    Bank of England Governor-designate Mark Carney appointed Charlotte Hogg, an executive at Banco Santander SA (SAN) ’s British business, to be chief operating officer of the U.K. central bank when he starts work on July 1.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  3. Bedminster designates slave burial site as historic

    BEDMINSTER TWP. – A resolution to designate a slave burial ground as a historic site, subdivide it from the rest of a municipally owned tract and preserve it received Township Committee approval Monda
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Bernardsville News


  1. "All participating leaders showed an interest in changing their hard currency reserves to a credible hard currency," Ahmadinejad said. "Some said producing countries should designate a single hard currency aside from the US dollar ...... to...
    on May 17, 2004 By: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Source: Chicago Tribune

  2. "The international community must now designate the leadership of this new international force and give it robust rules of engagement and deploy it as soon as possible to secure the peace," Bush said.
    on Aug 21, 2006 By: President Bush Source: CNN

  3. "We informed him that he would not make his next start," Towers told The Associated Press. "We kind of laid out some options for him. If he still wanted to play, we'll designate him for assignment and see if other clubs have interest, or if...
    on Aug 8, 2007 By: Kevin Towers Source:

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