"designates" in the verb sense
1. designate, denominate
assign a name or title to
2. delegate, designate, depute, assign
give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
3. indicate, point, designate, show
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"
4. destine, fate, doom, designate
decree or designate beforehand
"She was destined to become a great pianist"
5. intend, destine, designate, specify
design or destine
"She was intended to become the director"
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