—adj.dez'ig-nit, -nāt"), [key]
—v., -nat•ed, -nat•ing,
1. to mark or point out; indicate; show; specify.
2. to denote; indicate; signify.
3. to name; entitle; style.
4. to nominate or select for a duty, office, purpose, etc.; appoint; assign.
named or selected for an office, position, etc., but not yet installed (often used in combination following the noun it modifies): ambassador-designate.
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