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name

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noun \ˈnām\

Simple Definition of name

  • : a word or phrase that refers to or that can refer to a specific person

  • : a word or phrase that refers to a specific place or thing

  • : a word or phrase that refers to a type or group of things

Full Definition of name

  1. 1 a :  a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing b :  a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity

  2. 2 :  a descriptive often disparaging epithet <called him names>

  3. 3 a :  reputation <gave the town a bad name> b :  an illustrious record :  fame <made a name for himself in golf> c :  a person or thing with a reputation

  4. 4 :  family, clan

  5. 5 :  appearance as opposed to reality <a friend in name only>

  6. 6 :  one referred to by a name <praise his holy name>

in the name of
  1. 1 :  by authority of <open in the name of the law>

  2. 2 :  for the reason of :  using the excuse of <called for reforms in the name of progress>

Examples of name

  1. Please write your name on this line.

  2. State your name and occupation.

  3. I refused to give them my name.

  4. Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Clemens.

  5. She registered at the hotel under a false name.

  6. My full name is Susan Elaine Smith.

  7. We had to memorize the names of all the countries in Africa.

  8. What's your dog's name? His name is Sandy.

  9. This is his song Loving You from the album of the same name.

  10. The ship's name was Titanic.



Origin of name

Middle English, from Old English nama; akin to Old High German namo name, Latin nomen, Greek onoma, onyma


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with name


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name

verb

Simple Definition of name

  • : to give a name to (someone or something)

  • : to say the name of (someone or something)

  • : to choose (someone) to be (something)

Full Definition of name

namednam·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a name to :  call

  3. 2 a :  to mention or identify by name <refused to name a suspect> b :  to accuse by name

  4. 3 :  to nominate for office :  appoint

  5. 4 :  to decide on :  choose <name the day of the wedding>

  6. 5 :  to mention explicitly :  specify <unwilling to name a price>

nam·er noun

Examples of name

  1. What are you going to name your new dog? I think I'll name him Sandy.

  2. The aptly named HMS Victorious helped the British Royal Navy win an important victory.

  3. A man named James Smith is on the phone.

  4. We named our daughter Mary in honor of her grandmother.

  5. Can you name the person who attacked you?

  6. All of the authors named above were influenced by his work.

  7. She was named to replace him as the company's vice president.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of name

before 12th century


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name

adjective

Simple Definition of name

  • : having a well-known name and good reputation

Full Definition of name

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or bearing a name <name tags>

  2. 2 :  appearing in the name of a literary or theatrical production

  3. 3 a :  having an established reputation b :  featuring celebrities

Examples of name

  1. <the university's physics department boasts a number of name physicists>



1598

First Known Use of name

1598



NAME Defined for Kids

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name

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noun \ˈnām\

Definition of name

  1. 1 :  a word or combination of words by which a person or thing is known

  2. 2 :  reputation 2 <She made a name for herself in the restaurant business.>

  3. 3 :  a word or phrase used to describe and insult someone <Stop calling me names!>




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verb

Definition of name

namednam·ing

  1. 1 :  to choose a word or words by which something will be known :  give a name to <They plan to name the baby Diana.>

  2. 2 :  to refer to by the word by which a person or thing is known :  call by name <Can you name all the state capitals?>

  3. 3 :  to appoint to a job of authority <Our principal was named superintendent of schools.>

  4. 4 :  to decide on <Have you named the date for your wedding?>

  5. 5 :  2mention <Just name your price.>

  6. 6 :  to choose to be <Their son was named student of the year.>




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adjective

Definition of name

  1. :  well-known because of wide distribution <That store doesn't sell name brands.>





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