name

noun
\ ˈnām How to pronounce name (audio) \

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

Despite the palette's name, there's no true cherry-red shade, but there are plenty of wine and berry shades to play with. Glamour, "Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry Palette Is the Best of All the Nakeds," 3 Apr. 2019 Celebrities and public figures across many industries attend, with the most notable names usually arriving with a famous fashion designer who has dressed them for the evening. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 Met Gala," 2 Apr. 2019 The musician, whose birth name is Curtis James Jackson III, purchased the property from former boxer Mike Tyson for $4.1 million in 2003, property records show. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "50 Cent Sells Massive Connecticut Compound for 84% Less," 1 Apr. 2019 The three main factors of construction are: Density: As the name suggests, density refers to how many fibers are in a pile (the actual carpet, which is attached to a backing) and how tightly packed the fibers are. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019 That’s one definition of Torno Subito, the name of Bottura's first restaurant in the Middle East, opening later this month at W Dubai The Palm. Adam Robb, Condé Nast Traveler, "Behind the Scenes at Massimo Bottura's New Dubai Restaurant," 27 Dec. 2018 UpIt is launching with dozens of name-brand retailers, including Walgreens, Overstock.com, and Expedia. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Need money for a down payment on a house? There’s an app for that.," 17 Dec. 2018 That got Jon MacKay, then 13 years old, early entry into the Knitting Factory Concert House, a meet-and-greet and photo session with Bhad Bhabie (whose real name is Danielle Bregoli) and some... Anne Steele, WSJ, "Backstage Selfies With the Backstreet Boys or Bhad Bhabie," 6 Mar. 2019 The chain just added the new espresso drink in two flavors — caramel and cinnamon — to its permanent menu, and the cloud part of the name is no joke. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Is Starbucks' New Cloud Macchiato Healthy? A Nutritionist Weighs In," 5 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jelena, as fans admiringly named them, went through almost everything during the timeline of their relationship, even releasing songs that let us into the details of their messy relationship. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Selena Gomez's Love Life," 4 Apr. 2019 For years, my brother Nick used to buy old cars and name them. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "The Mystery Behind a 1953 Chevrolet Pickup’s Name—‘Clarence’," 2 Apr. 2019 Altmaier said there are no plans at present for either state to take a direct stake, and both ministers said companies are interested — but wouldn’t name them, citing ongoing talks. Geir Moulson, The Seattle Times, "Germany, France push to create European industrial policy," 19 Feb. 2019 But the biggest van of the year from Outside Van was this 2016 4x4 Mercedes-Benz 170 3500 Sprinter, aptly named the Power Station, which sold for $240,000. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 9 best camper vans of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 Mulvaney served six years as a member of Congress from South Carolina before Trump named him director of the Office of Management and Budget at the beginning of 2017. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff," 15 Dec. 2018 On March 8, the company said a long-term clinical trial revealed no difference in the preterm birth rates of 1,700 pregnant women who took either their treatment, named Makena, or a placebo. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "New Doubt on Treatment to Prevent Preterm Birth," 18 Mar. 2019 The battle royale spinoff was named H1Z1: King of the Kill. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Diablo rises from the dead on GOG, Dead or Alive's $93 season pass, Halo on PC?," 8 Mar. 2019 People have even named their babies after characters on the show. Lindsey O'connell, Woman's Day, "Exclusive! Watch a Sneak Peek of Hallmark Channel’s 'When Calls The Heart'," 28 Feb. 2019

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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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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)

chiefly US : having a well-known name and good reputation

name

noun
\ ˈnām How to pronounce name (audio) \

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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