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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Designate \Des"ig*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Designated; p. pr. & vb. n. Designating.] 1. To mark out and make known; to point out; to name; to indicate; to show; to distinguish by marks or description; to specify; as, to designate the boundaries of a country; to designate the rioters who are to be arrested. [1913 Webster] 2. To call by a distinctive title; to name. [1913 Webster] 3. To indicate or set apart for a purpose or duty; -- with to or for; as, to designate an officer for or to the command of a post or station. Syn: To name; denominate; style; entitle; characterize; describe. [1913 Webster]