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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


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



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


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 Melissa Mershon, development director of the Peterson-Dumesnil House Foundation, says the home received its current moniker because there were no boys to carry on the Peterson name. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 11 June 2021 Faculty, students and staff submitted a petition to get Weiser's name taken down from a building on campus. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2021 The name Buford Pusser meant something to the generation old enough to see this Joe Don Baker flick turn into a massive phenomenon way back in 1973. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 10 June 2021 In letters, memos, postcards, meeting minutes and other official papers documenting then Michigan athletics director Don Canham's and Schembechler's time at Michigan, Anderson's name pops up regularly. Kirkland Crawford, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Another interesting name is four-star linebacker Justin Medlock, who hails from Manvel High in Texas, the same school that quarterback D’Eriq King attended. David Furones,, 10 June 2021 With Father’s Day just around the corner, now might be the time to help upgrade your pop’s equipment with some of the best grills and smokers currently on sale from the premiere name in BBQ: Traeger. oregonlive, 10 June 2021 Not long after the riot, Pendley, using the screen name Dionysus, began posting on a website called about his plans to bomb data centers. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Eliot was born with the name Mary Anne Evans, and with off-putting looks and a restless, powerful brain. Sarah Ruden, National Review, 10 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Though the list did not name employees, the community learned that Nakamura was among them. Laura S. Diaz, USA TODAY, 29 May 2021 Quenneville had the 2019 first-round pick that was playing for Boston College earlier this year in the starter net at Sunday’s practice and Monday’s morning skate, but the Florida coach did not name him the starter on either occasion. David Furones,, 24 May 2021 The man, whom police did not name, was taken into custody at a home outside Los Angeles around 10:15 p.m. Friday, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2021 Microsoft excluded one technology from its vision—or at least didn’t name it specifically. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 21 May 2021 Which explains why Kelly didn’t name a No. 1 coming out of spring and how intriguing the summer might turn out to be up and down the QB depth chart. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, 14 May 2021 Police have not identified the officers involved and did not name the man who was being arrested. NBC News, 13 May 2021 The victim, a man who police did not name, was punched May 4 and died Friday., 11 May 2021 The victim, a man who police did not name, was punched May 4 and died Friday., 11 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Although pancake mix and syrup are not sold out in most stores, most popular or name brand items are harder to come by. Dallas News, 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of name


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


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


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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The first known use of name was before the 12th century

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12 Jun 2021

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“Name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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



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)



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

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


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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!


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.



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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