- 1 [funcionario/militar] to post, send, assign está esperando que lo destinen he's waiting to be given his posting o assignment, he's waiting for his posting o assignment to come through lo han destinado a Cartagena he's been posted o/or sent to Cartagena
- 2 (asignar un fin)destinar algo
aalgo destina una parte de su sueldo a ayudar a su familia part of her salary goes to helping her family destinó parte de sus ahorros a la decoración de la casa he used some of his savings to decorate the house, some of his savings went on decorating the house destinaron parte del dinero a mejorar las instalaciones they allocated part of the money to o/or earmarked part of the money for improving the facilities destinar algo paraalgo to set sth aside forsth esta habitación la tenía destinada para … I had planned to use this room for … no había destinado dinero para esta eventualidad she hadn't set aside o/or earmarked any money for this eventuality destinaron los fondos a la compra de víveres para los damnificados they allocated the funds to o/or earmarked the funds for buying provisions for the victims
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In Spain the term castellano, rather than español, refers to the Spanish language as opposed to Catalan, Basque etc. The choice of word has political overtones: castellano has separatist connotations and español is considered centralist. In Latin America castellano is the usual term for Spanish.