Definition of designate:
assign a name or title to
give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively; "I showed the customer the glove section"; "He pointed to the empty parking space"; "he indicated his opponents"
decree or designate beforehand; "She was destined to become a great pianist"
design or destine; "She was intended to become the director"
appointed but not yet installed in office