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 names of the winning bidders for Ebsworth’s pieces were not disclosed. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Edward Hopper painting was promised to Seattle Art Museum, but it just sold at auction for $91.9M," 14 Nov. 2018 These are the names of the people who were killed and how their friends and family remembered them. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims Are Being Remembered by Friends and Family," 9 Nov. 2018 And voters might write in names of unlisted candidates. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Why it takes so long to get election night results," 6 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, the koru is both the name of a fern found in the country, and the term used to describe a loop that never becomes tangled. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Spiral Necklace Has Such a Special Story Behind It," 28 Oct. 2018 The cartoon displayed Friday's date as well as the name of the Illinois Times, an alternative weekly newspaper based in Springfield. Samuel Chamberlain | Fox News, Fox News, "Far-left cartoonist accused of targeting Kavanaugh's 10-year-old daughter in vicious cartoon," 26 Oct. 2018 Montague is working hard to expand the government's access to personal data in the name of safety, and is often accused of fomenting fear to achieve her ends. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Hit U.K. Show Bodyguard Is Now on Netflix," 26 Oct. 2018 The series, based on the book of the same name by Stephanie Danler, wrapped its run in June with an average of 164,000 live-same-day viewers and mixed reviews among critics. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sweetbitter' Renewed for Season 2 at Starz," 13 July 2018 Numerous protests against the deal have drawn thousands of Greeks who oppose Macedonia using any form of the name. Costas Kantouris And Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Greece expels Russian diplomats over alleged protest money," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In this case, HuffPost notes, the student’s professor, a white woman named Anita Moss, called 911 after the currently unnamed student put her feet up on a chair. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A white professor called police on a black student for putting her feet up in class," 14 Nov. 2018 Titled EcoTerror, it is named, in part, after a radical environmental movement that began in the 1960s. Noor Brara, Vogue, "With Her Debut Collection, Sami Miro Is Using Vintage Fashion to Help Save the Planet," 8 Nov. 2018 Her main contact is with a wealthy woman named Charlotte (Edie Falco), whose own son was captured and later successfully ransomed. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Viper Club’: Susan Sarandon brings grace, heartbreaking power to hostage drama," 30 Oct. 2018 Discover why Jamaica Inn is consistently named one of the best Caribbean resorts. Condé Naste Traveler: Post, "Free Nights This Summer!," 26 Oct. 2018 Among the Iron Gates settlements is Lepenski Vir, named after the whirlpool at its doorstep. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Two people were killed while on sidewalks, including a man in my neighborhood named Ernesto Garcia. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How bike advocate Katie Deolloz gets around Austin," 19 Oct. 2018 Daily Mail Royal correspondent Rebecca English also reported on a conversation between Meghan and a woman named Charlotte, who discussed pregnancy with the Duchess. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Cradling Her Baby Bump in Sydney Is So Cute," 19 Oct. 2018 He was convinced by one of the puppet builders — a man named Kermit Love — to give it a little more time. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "How Caroll Spinney Amassed a Large Net Worth and So Much More From 'Sesame Street'," 17 Oct. 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

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

Verb

see name entry 1

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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)

: 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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