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