designate (adj.)

1640s, from Latin designatus, past participle of designare "mark out, devise, choose, designate, appoint," from de- "out" (see de-) + signare "to mark," from signum "identifying mark, sign" (see sign (n.)).

designate (v.)

As a verb, from 1791, from designate (adj.) or else a back-formation from designation. Related: Designated; designating.

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