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Synonyms of 'designate'

(verb) 
Definition
to give a name to or describe as
one man interviewed in our study, whom we shall designate as `Mr E'
Synonyms
name
My mother insisted on naming me Horace.
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call
They called their daughter Mischa.
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term
He had been termed a temporary employee.
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style
people who would like to style themselves as great thinkers
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label
Too often the press are labelled as irresponsible.
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entitle
an instrumental piece entitled `Changing States'
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dub
He dubbed it the most exciting film currently in cinemas.
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christen
a boat which he christened `the Stray Cat'
(verb) 
Definition
to give a name to or describe as
I live in Exmoor, which is designated as a national park.
Synonyms
specify
He has not specified what action he would like them to take.
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class
I would class my garden as being medium in size.
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describe
Even his allies describe him as forceful, aggressive and determined.
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indicate
`Sit down,' he said, indicating a chair.
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define
The Court must define the limits of its authority.
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stipulate
International rules stipulate the number of foreign entrants.
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denote
Red eyes denote strain and fatigue.
(verb) 
Some of the rooms were designated as offices.
Synonyms
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reserve
Strain and reserve the cooking liquor.
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select
They selected only bright pupils.
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label
The produce was labelled `Made in China'.
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tag
Important trees were tagged to protect them from machinery.
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assign
Later in the year, she'll assign them research papers.
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allocate
Tickets will be allocated to those who apply first.
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set aside
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earmark
Extra money has been earmarked for the new projects.
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mark out
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allot
We were allotted half an hour to address the committee.
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keep back
(verb) 
Definition
to select (someone) for an office or duty
We need to designate someone as our spokesperson.
Synonyms
appoint
It made sense to appoint a banker to this job.
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name
The Scots have yet to name their team.
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choose
I chose him to accompany me on my trip.
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commission
You can commission them to paint something especially for you.
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elect
The people have voted to elect a new president.
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delegate
Officials have been delegated to start work on a settlement.
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nominate
It is legally possible for an elderly person to nominate someone to act for them.
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assign
Did you choose this country or were you simply assigned here?
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depute
A sub-committee was deputed to investigate the claims.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of allocate
Definition
to assign to someone or for a particular purpose
Tickets will be allocated to those who apply first.
Synonyms
set aside,
give out,
mete,
share out,
in the sense of allot
Definition
to assign as a share or for a particular purpose
We were allotted half an hour to address the committee.
Synonyms
set aside,
mete,
share out,
in the sense of assign
Definition
to give a task or duty (to someone)
Later in the year, she'll assign them research papers.
Synonyms

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