Meaning of DESIGNATE in English
■ verb 'dɛzɪgneɪt give a specified name, position, or status to: he was ~d as prime minister.
■ adjective 'dɛzɪgnət [ postposition ] appointed to an office or position but not yet installed: the Director ~.
C17: from L. designare (see design ).
Concise Oxford English vocab. Сжатый оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2004