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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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(2) Even if Gallois rejects this solution, however, it is difficult to see why the possibility of designating x and y in this manner does not discredit Leibniz's Law.
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As a result, there is no ability to reduce payouts by designating a younger beneficiary once payments have begun.
Designating a charity as the beneficiary of an IRA or a retirement plan can minimize both estate and income taxes while allowing a transfer of other assets to noncharitable heirs.
Even if the partnership does not follow the specific procedures for designating a TMP, the partnership's designation of a TMP will be respected so long as the designation is communicated to the Service in a timely manner.