verb nom·i·nate \ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt\

: 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

transitive verb
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>
:  to enter (a horse) in a race
nom·i·nat·able \-ˌnā-tə-bəl\ adjective
nom·i·na·tor \-ˌnā-tər\ noun
nom·i·nee \ˌnä-mə-ˈnē\ noun

Examples of NOMINATE

  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 of NOMINATE

Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare, from nomin-, nomen name — more at name
First Known Use: 1545

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NOMINEE Defined for Kids


verb nom·i·nate \ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt\

Definition of NOMINATE for Kids

:  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.


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