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When I read this in a legal document I believe it means "whom ever the authority figure designates" but I'm a little unsure of that.

It keeps coming up in the thing that I'm reading, and that's why I'm asking.

"Implementation of the requested <action> is the responsibility of an <authority-figure> or designate,..."

  • Would you please supply one or two quotations from the document so that we can see the context? – Peter Jennings May 18 at 18:48
  • @PeterJennings hows that? I've generalized/sanitized it a great deal so that we don't know what in particular it is, or who in particular but so that the usage of designate can still be seen. – leeand00 May 18 at 18:54
  • In that sentence it means a person who has been designated - presumably by your 'authority figure', but that is not spelt out, so it would be wise to look for a clause telling you who can designate whom to do what. – Minty May 18 at 18:59

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