name

noun
\ ˈnām \

Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing The boy's name is Brad.
b : a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity
2 : a descriptive often disparaging epithet called him names
3a : reputation gave the town a bad name
b : an illustrious record : fame made a name for himself in golf
c : a person or thing with a reputation one of the most detested names in history
4 : family, clan was a disgrace to his name
5 : appearance as opposed to reality a friend in name only
6 : one referred to by a name praise his holy name
in the name of
1 : by authority of open in the name of the law
2 : for the reason of : using the excuse of called for reforms in the name of progress

name

verb
named; naming

Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to give a name to : call
2a : to mention or identify by name refused to name a suspect
b : to accuse by name
3 : to nominate for office : appoint
4 : to decide on : choose name the day of the wedding
5 : to mention explicitly : specify unwilling to name a price

name

adjective

Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or bearing a name name tags
2 : appearing in the name of a literary or theatrical production
3a : having an established reputation
b : featuring celebrities

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Other Words from name

Verb

namer noun

Examples of name in a Sentence

Noun

Please write your name on this line. State your name and occupation. I refused to give them my name. Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Clemens. She registered at the hotel under a false name. My full name is Susan Elaine Smith. We had to memorize the names of all the countries in Africa. “What's your dog's name?” “His name is Sandy.” This is his song “Loving You” from the album of the same name. The ship's name was “Titanic.”

Verb

“What are you going to name your new dog?” “I think I'll name him Sandy.” The aptly named HMS “Victorious” helped the British Royal Navy win an important victory. A man named James Smith is on the phone. We named our daughter “Mary” in honor of her grandmother. Can you name the person who attacked you? All of the authors named above were influenced by his work. She was named to replace him as the company's vice president.

Adjective

the university's physics department boasts a number of name physicists
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The highly acclaimed film from director Barry Jenkins is based on the 1974 novel of the same name, written by James Baldwin. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Gabrielle Union-Wade Wore Pyer Moss to See If Beale Street Could Talk and Sent a Powerful Message," 9 Jan. 2019 The movie is based on the YA book of the same name. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "7 Romance Movies of 2019 That Prove Love Isn’t Dead," 8 Jan. 2019 According to Deadline, the classic 2004 tearjerker (based on the best-selling 1996 Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name) is officially Broadway-bound. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Nicholas Sparks's "The Notebook" Is Headed to Broadway," 6 Jan. 2019 By Margot Lee Shetterly Illustrated by Laura Freeman This children's book is by the same author of the adult non-fiction book that was turned into the blockbuster movie of the same name. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Without question, these are 2018’s best space books for kids," 29 Dec. 2018 It is surrounded by a district municipality of the same name, which is inhabited by around 117,000 people. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Gift' Was Filmed in the Cutest Canadian Town," 25 Dec. 2018 Based on her award-winning book of the same name, the show takes us to Italy, Japan, Mexico, and her home-state of California to break down just what those four elements—salt, fat, acid, and heat—mean to cooking. Condé Nast Traveler, "In Conversation With the Absolutely Delightful Samin Nosrat: Women Who Travel Podcast," 18 Dec. 2018 So even the bug of the name is a colloquial feature. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Whose stadium is it? They tell us it’s ours, only not when it comes to selling the big money name," 12 Dec. 2018 Both use the same name, and there’s no way for a consumer to tell the difference. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer's Blade Stealth gets a long-awaited upgrade to GeForce graphics and a Whiskey Lake CPU," 4 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Finally, a wolf moon is simply the first full moon of the year, named after wolves. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "A Super Blood Wolf Moon Is Coming This Month," 4 Jan. 2019 Living Coral’ their color of the year, but please don’t name it the color of your wedding! Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "37 Wedding Trend Mistakes to Avoid in 2019: Succulents, Family-Style Meals, and More," 31 Dec. 2018 Not to name any names, but at least one member of a K-pop boy group typically wears only base makeup, but Monsta X didn't let a single lid go untouched by dramatic makeup. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Monsta X's 9 Most Daring Eye Makeup Looks From the "Shoot Out" Music Video," 22 Oct. 2018 Probably just as important as his product experience, though, is that Mosseri is very close with Zuckerberg and Facebook’s top product executive not named Zuckerberg, Chris Cox. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Meet Adam Mosseri, Instagram’s new boss," 1 Oct. 2018 The Associated Press did not name the woman to protect the identity of the girl. Fox News, "Convicted molester's girlfriend admits letting him assault daughter, 10, resulting in pregnancy," 28 Sep. 2018 The Din-a-ka apartment, named after the covered walkways that were common in early Taiwanese architecture, is warm but stark. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Minimalist apartment is serene retreat for retired couple," 26 Sep. 2018 The main focus here is the origin of an African-American (on his dad’s side)/Latino (on his mom’s side) teen Spider-Man from Brooklyn named Miles Morales (Shameik Moore). Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: Pure fun flies by in ‘zip-zap-zop’ fashion," 10 Dec. 2018 One of the three awards is even named after Prince William, which the future King of England will present himself. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Comparing Kate Middleton's Jenny Packham Dresses at the Conservation Awards in 2013 and 2018," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of name

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for name

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English nama; akin to Old High German namo name, Latin nomen, Greek onoma, onyma

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More Definitions for name

name

noun

English Language Learners Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a word or phrase that refers to or that can refer to a specific person

: a word or phrase that refers to a specific place or thing

: a word or phrase that refers to a type or group of things

name

verb

English Language Learners Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

: to give a name to (someone or something)

: to say the name of (someone or something)

: to choose (someone) to be (something)

name

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

: having a well-known name and good reputation

name

noun
\ ˈnām \

Kids Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a word or combination of words by which a person or thing is known
2 : reputation sense 2 She made a name for herself in the restaurant business.
3 : a word or phrase used to describe and insult someone Stop calling me names!

name

verb
named; naming

Kids Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to choose a word or words by which something will be known : give a name to They plan to name the baby Diana.
2 : to refer to by the word by which a person or thing is known : call by name Can you name all the state capitals?
3 : to appoint to a job of authority Our principal was named superintendent of schools.
4 : to decide on Have you named the date for your wedding?
5 : mention entry 2 Just name your price.
6 : to choose to be Their son was named student of the year.

name

adjective

Kids Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

: well-known because of wide distribution That store doesn't sell name brands.

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