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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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 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 After the financial crisis, many countries incurred debt denominated in dollars. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump want a weaker US dollar. That could backfire," 6 June 2019 Italy’s cumulative debt is more than 130 percent of gross domestic product, more than twice the eurozone’s requirements, and it is denominated in euros. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "Italy Pushes Euro to Fore, the Last Place Europe Wants It," 29 May 2018 But those assets are denominated in their own currencies, giving them a steady source of interest income without the foreign-exchange risk. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Riches to Rags: Swiss Central Bank Swings from Record Profit to Large Loss," 9 Jan. 2019 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

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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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of denominate was circa 1552

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