de·​nom·​i·​nate | \di-ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt, dē-\

Definition of denominate 

transitive verb

1 : to give a name to : designate

2 : to express or designate in some denomination will denominate prices in U.S. dollars

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Synonyms for denominate


baptize, call, christen, clepe [archaic], designate, dub, entitle, label, name, nominate, style, term, title

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Examples of denominate in a Sentence

stargazing is nothing more than that, and denominating it as astrology does not make it a science

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Some analysts worry that tariffs will slow the global economy and weaken commodity consumption, while a stronger dollar makes commodities denominated in the U.S. currency more expensive for overseas buyers. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Copper Slips as Dollar Rises," 10 July 2018 The yuan’s descent has slammed those with sizable debt and costs denominated in the greenback, such as airlines and developers. Fortune, "China's Sliding Yuan Is Bad News for These Companies," 28 June 2018 Of all the emerging markets affected by a stronger dollar, Argentina has suffered most, thanks to its twin fiscal and current-account deficits, high inflation and fast-growing pile of debt denominated in foreign currency. The Economist, "Argentina’s central-bank president resigns," 15 June 2018 More than 90 percent of Kaisa Group Holdings’ bonds are denominated in the greenback. Fortune, "China's Sliding Yuan Is Bad News for These Companies," 28 June 2018 Once the nuclear agreement was implemented in early 2016, Iran wanted to take that money home or use it for purchases – but it was denominated in Omani rials. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Trump’s claim that an Obama administration effort on Iran was ‘totally illegal’," 8 June 2018 The European Commission idea to let the EIB support Iranian projects could hamper the lender because around 30 percent of its 500 billion euros ($589 billion) in outstanding debt is denominated in dollars, said Hoyer. Gregory Viscusi,, "With Iran Deal Teetering, Europe Seeks Exemption From U.S. Sanctions," 6 June 2018 Almost 64% of Argentina’s combined government and corporate debt is denominated in dollars and other foreign monies, according to the Institute of International Finance. The Economist, "Will Argentina’s woes spread?," 10 May 2018 They were still denominated in cryptocurrencies, so the foundation began to sell them off for regular fiat—hard currency was needed for rent and salaries—at the rate of approximately half a million dollars a day. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of denominate

circa 1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for denominate

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

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The first known use of denominate was circa 1552

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