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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for designation in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Borrowed from Middle French designation, from Latin designatio. Morphologically designate +‎ -ion


  • IPA(key): /dɛzɪɡˈneɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
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designation (countable and uncountable, plural designations)

  1. An act or instance of designating; a pointing out or showing; indication.
  2. Selection and appointment for a purpose or office; allotment; direction.
    His designation as chief justice was controversial.
  3. That which designates; a distinguishing mark or name; distinctive title; appellation.
    • 1983, Richard Ellis, The Book of Sharks, Knopf, →ISBN, page 144:
      Man is the most aggressive animal in the sea (and on the land as well), and all the "man-eater" stories in history will not change this designation.
  4. Use or application; import; intention; signification, as of a word or phrase.


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