de·​nom·​i·​nate di-ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce denominate (audio)
denominated; denominating; denominates

transitive verb

: to give a name to : designate
: to express or designate in some denomination
will denominate prices in U.S. dollars

Examples of denominate in a Sentence

stargazing is nothing more than that, and denominating it as astrology does not make it a science
Recent Examples on the Web Much of China’s growing rescue lending is denominated in renminbi, the report found, with loans in the Chinese currency overtaking U.S. dollars in 2020. Reuters, NBC News, 7 Nov. 2023 Treasuries are also denominated by the US dollar, the world’s reserve currency that boasts a market that’s incredibly liquid, large and highly rated. Krystal Hur, CNN, 3 Aug. 2023 The company also reached an agreement with holders of its $537 million bonds denominated in yuan, the Chinese currency, that were due last week, to delay repayment of the debt for three years., 5 Sep. 2023 Of all debt securities denominated in a foreign currency, more than three-quarters are in dollars and euros. Barry Eichengreen, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2011 That 20% decline dragged down corporate revenues when denominated in U.S. dollars. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 17 Aug. 2023 So successful was Operation Bernhard, Germany’s World War II operation to copy the British pound, that at the war’s end Britain withdrew all notes denominated above 10 pounds. IEEE Spectrum, 29 July 2023 Specifically, international transactions that are being denominated settled in yuan and Euros have both been increasingly significantly. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 16 July 2023 Shares denominated in one currency can be freely interchanged with shares denominated in the other. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 19 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin denominatus, past participle of denominare, from de- + nominare to name — more at nominate

First Known Use

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of denominate was circa 1552

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“Denominate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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de·​nom·​i·​nate di-ˈnäm-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce denominate (audio)
: to give a name to

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