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
Full Definition of nominate
Examples of nominate in a sentence
We expect the party to nominate him for president.
The President nominated her for Attorney General.
Someone has to tell her the truth—I nominate you.
We nominated her for player of the year.
Origin of nominate
Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare, from nomin-, nomen name — more at name
First Known Use: 1545
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NOMINATE Defined for Kids
Definition of nominate for Students
: 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.
Legal Definition of nominate
: having a special or certain name — compare innominate
Origin of nominate
Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare to call by name, from nomin- nomen name
Legal Definition of nominate
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 : to propose as a candidate for election to office
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