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designate (someone or something) as (something)

To label or name someone or something as something; to assign someone or something a specific role or status. The boss designated me as the point person for this project, so you guys have to listen to me. No, you can't sit here—mom designated this as the kids' table.
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designated driver

A person who stays sober during a social gathering and is responsible for safely driving others from one location to another. Since Kara never drinks alcohol, she always offers to be the designated driver for her friends.
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designate someone or something as something

to choose or name someone or something as something. Alice will designate Andrew as our representative. She designated herself as the head of the committee.
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Florida resident members engaged in other occupations, even if eligible to practice law in Florida, are not required to designate.
The wife argued that her half of the pension was not alimony because a property settlement in a divorce clearly comes under the nontaxable umbrella of section 1041--yet another taxpayer learned the hard way that labeling carries no weight unless it is explicit "tax labeling." Again, a statement that the parties designate the payments as excludable/nondeductible under code sections 71 and 215 would have avoided this result.
National anthems of Pakistan and their respective countries were played on the occasion and the envoys designate were also presented Guard of Honour.
For example, letter ruling 8424026 allowed a taxpayer to amend a return to designate replacement property.
They included Munir bin Ibrahim Punjabi, designate to the Republic of Peru; Abdullah bin Marzouq Al-Zahrani, designate to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Suleiman bin Saleh Al-Freeh, designate to the Republic of Guinea; Abdullah bin Hajjaj Al-Mutairi, designate to the People's Republic of Bangladesh; Thamer bin Sabhan Al-Sabhan, designate to the Republic of Iraq; and Fahd bin Abdullah Alsafian, designate to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Islamabad, October 05, 2011 (Frontier Star): Ambassadors designate from various countries on Tuesday presented their credential to President Asif Ali Zardari at an impressive ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday.
A qualified bond purchaser may designate anyone as the beneficiary; however, the interest exclusion is not available if the bonds are bought from another taxpayer (other than a spouse) or are put into the name of a child or other dependent.
ISLAMABAD, July 30, 2011 (Frontier Star): Ambassadors and High Commissioners designate to different countries separately called on President Asif Ali Zardari here at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday.
For example, a taxpayer can designate not only a beneficiary but a contingent one as well.
Islamabad, February 19, 2011 (Frontier Star): Ambassadors designate of Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Austria, European Union, Bhutan and Ireland today presented their credential to President Asif Ali Zardari at an impressive ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday.
They were Ambassador Ibrahim bin Sd Al-Ibrahim designate to the Kingdom of Sweden; Ambassador Dr.
ISLAMABAD -- High Commissioner-designate of Malaysia and ambassadors (designate) of Turkmenistan, Spain, Denmark and Mauritius today presented their credential to President Asif Ali Zardari at an impressive ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Islamabad, July 21, 2010 (Frontier Star): Pak Ambassador /Consul Generals designate to Sudan, Vancouver, Chengdu and Barcelona called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday.
Sanaullah, Pakistans Ambassador designate to Indonesia , Mr.