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Princeton's WordNet

  1. appellation, denomination, designation, appellativenoun

    identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others

  2. appointment, assignment, designation, namingnoun

    the act of putting a person into a non-elective position

    "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"

  3. designation, identificationnoun

    the act of designating or identifying something


  1. designationnoun

    The act of designating; a pointing out or showing; indication.

  2. designationnoun

    Selection and appointment for a purpose; allotment; direction.

  3. designationnoun

    That which designates; a distinguishing mark or name; distinctive title; appellation.

  4. designationnoun

    Use or application; import; intention; signification, as of a word or phrase.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Designationnoun

    Etymology: designatio, Latin.

    This is a plain designation of the duke of Marlborough: one kind of stuff used to fatten land is called marle, and every body knows that borough is a name for a town. Jonathan Swift.

    William the Conqueror forbore to use that claim in the beginning, but mixed it with a titulary pretence, grounded upon the will and designation of Edward the Confessor. Francis Bacon.

    Finite and infinite seem to be looked upon by the mind as the modes of quantity, and to be attributed primarily in their first designation only to those things which have parts, and are capable of increase or diminution. John Locke.


  1. designation

    Designation refers to the act of assigning a specific title, name, or label to someone or something. It is a way of categorizing or identifying individuals, positions, roles, places, or objects based on their attributes, responsibilities, qualifications, or purpose. Designation is typically used to provide clarity, organization, and structure in various contexts such as employment, education, professions, certification, or classification.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Designationnoun

    the act of designating; a pointing out or showing; indication

  2. Designationnoun

    selection and appointment for a purpose; allotment; direction

  3. Designationnoun

    that which designates; a distinguishing mark or name; distinctive title; appellation

  4. Designationnoun

    use or application; import; intention; signification, as of a word or phrase

  5. Etymology: [L. designatio: cf. F. dsignation.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of designation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of designation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of designation in a Sentence

  1. Capitol Hill:

    After the designation of the Acting IG was made, the matter came to the attention of new personnel in The White House, after they reevaluated the situation, the decision was made, in an abundance of caution, to rescind the designation.

  2. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus:

    Somehow, in the 21st century, we started naming ships with strange acronyms ... instead of from our naval traditions ... so we are going to change the hull designation of the ?#?LCS?? class ships to FF (frigate) ... appropriate and traditional name.

  3. Gladys McCormick:

    Ebrard is waiting to hear from Barr on what precisely such a designation will entail for Mexico given the lack of details and precedent such designation carries.

  4. Gary Herbert:

    We know firsthand what happens when the law is abused for unworthy political purposes, the Grand Staircase Escalante designation and the recent controversial Bears Ears designation are key examples of this, and I am confident that the upcoming review will lead to positive outcomes for Utah and for those who call the beautiful Bears Ears area home.

  5. James Rauh:

    It’s clear that the status quo isn’t working. WMD designation would allow the federal government to activate unused and under-used resources to stop illicit fentanyl before it ever reaches our border, [FAF] encourages the Biden Administration to take this decisive and necessary action, giving illicit fentanyl the WMD designation it deserves.

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