in someone's/something's name

Definition of in someone's/something's name

  1. 1 —used to say that something officially or legally belongs to a specified person The business is registered in her husband's name for tax purposes.

  2. 2 —used to say that something has or uses the name of a specified person Our reservation at the restaurant is in my name.

  3. 3 —used to say that something is done with the authority of a specified person or thing The leader refused to allow such violent acts to be done in his name.

  4. 4 —used to say that something is given as the official reason for doing something shortcuts taken in efficiency's name

Word by Word Definitions

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

nameplay
  1. :  a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing

    :  a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity

    :  a descriptive often disparaging epithet

  1. :  to give a name to :  call

    :  to mention or identify by name

    :  to accuse by name

  1. :  of, relating to, or bearing a name

    :  appearing in the name of a literary or theatrical production

    :  having an established reputation


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