designate

To designate is to give something a specific status. If you designate your house an opera-free zone, it means that you've officially declared that no opera is allowed to be played there.

To give a person or thing an official status is to designate it as something, like when you designate a meeting place if members of your group get lost at the amusement park. Sometimes, it can carry responsibility or an assignment, like when your teammates designate you as the captain. It can also show a category, like when you designate certain books to the humor section of the bookstore where you work.

Definitions of designate
  1. verb
    design or destine
    synonyms: destine, intend, specify
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    mean
    destine or designate for a certain purpose
    design
    plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect
    slate
    designate or schedule
    aim, calculate, direct
    specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
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    plan
    make plans for something
  2. verb
    assign a name or title to
    synonyms: denominate
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    denote
    be a sign or indication of
    number
    give numbers to
    label
    assign a label to; designate with a label
    foliate, page, paginate
    number the pages of a book or manuscript
    call
    ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality
    address, direct
    put an address on (an envelope)
    call, name
    assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
    brand, denounce, mark, stigmatise, stigmatize
    to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful
  3. verb
    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
    synonyms: assign, delegate, depute
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    mandate
    assign authority to
    cast
    select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet
    post
    assign to a post; put into a post
    cast
    assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors
    devolve
    pass on or delegate to another
    task
    assign a task to
    place
    place somebody in a particular situation or location
    regiment
    assign to a regiment
    reassign, transfer
    transfer somebody to a different position or location of work
    delegate, depute
    transfer power to someone
    mandate
    assign under a mandate
    advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
    give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
    break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate
    assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
    place
    assign to (a job or a home)
    recast
    cast again, in a different role
    miscast
    cast an actor, singer, or dancer in an unsuitable role
    typecast
    cast repeatedly in the same kind of role
    second
    transfer an employee to a different, temporary assignment
    exchange
    hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent
    tenure
    give life-time employment to
    bring up
    promote from a lower position or rank
    spot promote
    promote on the spot
    ennoble, entitle, gentle
    give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
    sideline
    remove from the center of activity or attention; place into an inferior position
    reduce
    bring to humbler or weaker state or condition
    favor, favour, prefer
    promote over another
    brevet
    promote somebody by brevet, in the military
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    appoint, charge
    assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
  4. verb
    indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
    synonyms: indicate, point, show
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    point
    indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle
    finger
    indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments
    call attention, point out, signalise, signalize
    point out carefully and clearly
    reflect
    manifest or bring back
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    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  5. verb
    decree or designate beforehand
    synonyms: destine, doom, fate
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    ordain
    issue an order
  6. adjective
    appointed but not yet installed in office
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    incoming
    arriving at a place or position
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