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nominate

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verb nom·i·nate \ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt\

Simple Definition of nominate

  • : to formally choose (someone) as a candidate for a job, position, office, etc.

  • : to choose (someone) for a job, position, office, etc.

  • : to choose (someone or something) as a candidate for receiving an honor or award

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of nominate

nominated

nominating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  designate, name

  3. 2 a :  to appoint or propose for appointment to an office or place b :  to propose as a candidate for election to office c :  to propose for an honor <nominate her for player of the year>

  4. 3 :  to enter (a horse) in a race

nominatable

play \-ˌnā-tə-bəl\ adjective

nominator

play \-ˌnā-tər\ noun

nominee

play \ˌnä-mə-ˈnē\ noun

Examples of nominate in a sentence

  1. We expect the party to nominate him for president.

  2. The President nominated her for Attorney General.

  3. Someone has to tell her the truth—I nominate you.

  4. We nominated her for player of the year.



Origin and Etymology of nominate

Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare, from nomin-, nomen name — more at name


First Known Use: 1545

Rhymes with nominate

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NOMINATE Defined for Kids

nominate

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verb nom·i·nate \ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of nominate for Students

nominated

nominating

  1. :  to choose as a candidate for election, appointment, or honor <The parties each nominate a candidate for president.>



Word Root of nominate

The Latin word nomen, meaning “name,” and its form nominis give us the root nomin. Words from the Latin nomen have something to do with names. To nominate is to name someone as a candidate for election or for an honor. Anything nominal, such as a position or office, exists in name only. A noun or pronoun in the nominative case is in the form that names the subject of a sentence, for example the pronoun I.


Law Dictionary

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nominate

adjective nom·i·nate \ˈnä-mə-nət, -ˌnāt\

Legal Definition of nominate

  1. :  having a special or certain name — compare innominate



Origin and Etymology of nominate

Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare to call by name, from nomin- nomen name


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nominate

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transitive verb nom·i·nate \ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt\

Legal Definition of nominate

nominated

nominating

  1. 1 :  to appoint or propose for appointment to an office, position, or place <if the testator has nominated an executor of the will> <the President…shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors — U.S. Constitution art. II>

  2. 2 :  to propose as a candidate for election to office

nomination

\ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən\ play noun




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