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

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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stargazing is nothing more than that, and denominating it as astrology does not make it a science
Recent Examples on the Web Worse, there’s a mismatch between its largely dollar- and euro-denominated borrowings and revenues from a big business in Latin America. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Wishful Thinking Won’t Fix Telefonica’s $57 Billion Problem," 28 Nov. 2019 Researchers denominated three essential categories of arrogance and found that narcissists are less prone to depression. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 6 Jan. 2020 According to S&P Global, Chinese companies must pay back $90 billion in debt denominated in American dollars, meaning the lenders are global companies and investors outside China. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "China’s Companies Binged on Debt. Now They Can’t Pay the Bill.," 12 Dec. 2019 Last September, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the city’s de facto central bank, agreed to let its Beijing counterpart issue yuan-denominated bills in the offshore market. Washington Post, "Kyle Bass Was Right to Exit His Yuan Short," 18 Sep. 2019 Even though the peace prize is awarded in Norway, the amount is denominated in Swedish kronor. Author: Elias Meseret, Cara Anna, Anchorage Daily News, "Ethiopia’s reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel peace prize," 11 Oct. 2019 Under Cuba’s byzantine pricing system, an average water bill denominated in Cuban pesos will be a few dollars, for example, while home internet billed in the stronger convertible peso can cost hundreds of dollars a month. Washington Post, "Cuba announces increase in wages as part of economic reform," 27 June 2019 As the Federal Reserve was raising interest rates at the time, the dollar strengthened, which caused pain for emerging markets, many of which have dollar-denominated debt. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "The dollar has never been so popular. So why is interest in the yuan and euro growing?," 18 June 2019 Egypt has sold more than $13 billion in foreign-currency denominated bonds since the float. Onur Ant,, "Egypt Weighs Shift to Long-Term Borrowing to Finance Deficit," 23 Apr. 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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4 Feb 2020

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“Denominate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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