I am in need for a word to mean "designated" but with a stronger undertone of dictated task that one is obliged to perform reluctantly. Thanks. :)

  • What have you thought about the synonym list? thesaurus.com/browse/designate Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 15:00
  • Yes I have done the basic googling but none of the words there quite capture what I am intending.
    – Coldfusion
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 15:05

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what about- mandated.

A mandate is like an official command or a go-ahead.

  • I think this is the closest thing I can get. It still doesnt sound perfect but I think it will suffice, many thanks.
    – Coldfusion
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 15:38
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    @Coldfusion Mandated does not imply reluctance on the part of the designee. If you really want to stress reluctance, use 'forced' Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 17:14

It's difficult to know without the exact context, but are you looking for a word such as "mandatory" or "compulsory"?


Your description does not well match with the word you venture, so a list of its synonyms is all too unlikely to include such words mandate and order (links to M-W), which I think are what you seek. Both of these can be used as either verbs or nouns.

  • Ordered or forced are the words I would choose Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 15:27


a : a usually assigned piece of work often to be finished within a certain time

b : something hard or unpleasant that has to be done

c : duty, function : subjection to adverse criticism : reprimand —used in the expressions to take, call, or bring to task


This might suit your purpose,

ASSIGN verb: assign; 3rd person present: assigns; past tense: assigned; past participle: assigned; gerund or present participle: assigning

1. allocate (a job or duty). "Congress assigned the task to the agency"

synonyms: allocate, allot, give, set to; charge with, entrust with

"a young doctor was assigned the task"

• appoint (someone) to a particular job, task, or organization. "she has been assigned to a new job"

synonyms: appoint to, promote to, delegate to, commission to, post to, co-opt to; select for, choose for, install in; detail to

"she was assigned to a new post"

2. designate or set (something) aside for a specific purpose. see Google.com "assign" Link



If this is supposedly an assignment passed down from above and is likely to be unpleasant in some way, then how about using "delegated"?

Or if you want to put more authority behind the assigning of the task, you can use "decreed".


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