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name

noun \ ˈnām \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of name

1 a :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
3 a :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

Examples of name in a Sentence

  1. Please write your name on this line.

  2. State your name and occupation.

  3. I refused to give them my name.

  4. Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Clemens.

  5. She registered at the hotel under a false name.

  6. My full name is Susan Elaine Smith.

  7. We had to memorize the names of all the countries in Africa.

  8. “What's your dog's name?” “His name is Sandy.”

  9. This is his song “Loving You” from the album of the same name.

  10. The ship's name was “Titanic.”

Recent Examples of name from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of name

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


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name

verb

Definition of name

named; naming
transitive verb
1 :to give a name to :call
2 a :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

namer

noun

Examples of name in a Sentence

  1. “What are you going to name your new dog?” “I think I'll name him Sandy.”

  2. The aptly named HMS “Victorious” helped the British Royal Navy win an important victory.

  3. A man named James Smith is on the phone.

  4. We named our daughter “Mary” in honor of her grandmother.

  5. Can you name the person who attacked you?

  6. All of the authors named above were influenced by his work.

  7. She was named to replace him as the company's vice president.

Recent Examples of name from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of name

see 1name


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name

adjective

Definition of name

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

Examples of name in a Sentence

  1. the university's physics department boasts a number of name physicists

First Known Use of name

1598


NAME Defined for English Language Learners

name

noun

Definition of name for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of name for English Language Learners

  • : to give a name to (someone or something)

  • : to say the name of (someone or something)

  • : to choose (someone) to be (something)


name

adjective

Definition of name for English Language Learners

  • : having a well-known name and good reputation


NAME Defined for Kids

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name

noun \ ˈnām \

Definition of name for Students

1 :a word or combination of words by which a person or thing is known
2 :reputation 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!

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name

verb

Definition of name for Students

named; naming
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 :2mention
  • Just name your price.
6 :to choose to be
  • Their son was named student of the year.

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name

adjective

Definition of name for Students

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


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