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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 label or name someone or something as something. 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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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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Since most signifying entails designation, this discourse gauges its improvement as a specialized language on whether its statements become primarily designative or "more purely designative, more general, better confirmed, and better systematized.
Among them it is possible to find verbs of affected object (autolesionarse 'to hurt oneself'), verbs of change of location (autosituarse 'to place oneself'), verbs of creation (autofotografiarse 'to photograph oneself'), designative verbs (autocaracterizarse como X 'to characterize oneself as X'), verbs of change of possession (autoadjudicarse algo 'to award something to oneself'), etc.
More than connecting the proper name with a singular individual, a designative need upon which Foucault tarries for speculation, Vic, proper or common name, of the artist -- he or she -- revises the onomastic conduct and establishes the dualities of the writing occurrence, of the individual characteristics that vanish to make room for the universality upon which a discourse is based, which at the same time is a founder of other discursive practices.
In general, these works start off bravely, trying to define such terms as "nation" and "state" and associated ones such as "ethnicity," but they are usually forced to give up at some point and settle for a designative definition.
The semantic concern here is with what Morris would call the designative, word-object, or word-referent relationship (Fiordo, 1977, p.
On the other hand, we have its designative function by which the word is said to name some "object.
In so doing, Taylor rejects the canonical, designative theories of meaning in the analytic tradition and mainstream modern language tradition in favor of "expressive/constitutive" theories pioneered by Rousseau, Herder, and the Romantics (pp.