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

Fallout: How Indiana institutions are dealing with Papa John's nameHere's what could happen next: Bird scooters are being removed from Indianapolis Call Star reporter Vic Ryckaert at 317-444-2701. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Coroner identifies teen killed in east-side shooting," 13 July 2018 Thus, without additional reforms, single-payer could wind up enabling a massive set of corporate subsidies in the name of, well, democratic socialism. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Medicare for All Won’t Bring Medicare to All," 13 July 2018 When a group of terrorists invade the building and start blowing things up, Johnson is the only one who can stop them, all in the name of protecting his family. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Sells Itself as an Action Throwback," 13 July 2018 Created in 1782, the medal is also given to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or who died of their wounds received in action. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Purple Heart recipients invited to picnic being organized by True Patriots Care," 13 July 2018 To make reservations, visit bit.ly/2Lfao3z or mail a check (with guest names) to Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization, 915 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL 33435. Kari Barnett, Sun-Sentinel.com, "'Uncorked' food and wine fundraiser to support Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization," 12 July 2018 If a driver has a knack for only canceling rides requested by riders with Asian-sounding names, the company should be able to catch that. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "The Good and Bad of Ride-Sharing When It Comes to Race," 11 July 2018 Her five-minute routine comes with some unusual names, incorporating burpees, mountain climbers, fast feet/sprint, tuck jumps, pushups and side plank switches. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Got 5 minutes? You have time to exercise," 11 July 2018 The great Gareth Bale could take Ronaldo’s place as the primary striker, with such names as Mbappe, Neymar, Hazard and Mo Salah among rumored transfer candidates. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "World Cup: France proves masterful in all phases," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 1976 Magnuson-Stevens bill, authored in part by Young and named for Sens. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Don Young’s bill to revise Magnuson-Stevens fishing law passes U.S. House," 13 July 2018 The bank—named for its longtime home in the Berkshires region—last year moved its headquarters from Pittsfield, Mass., to Boston. Christina Rexrode, WSJ, "Meet the CEO of ‘America’s Most Exciting Bank’—at Least as He’s Branded It," 13 July 2018 The vibrantly designed, high-ceilinged restaurant is named for longtime Baltimore developer David Cordish, chairman of the Cordish Companies, the builder and owner of the casino and hotel at Maryland Live. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018 So could the quartet of 1987 paintings named for the four elements: Earth, Water, Wind and Fire. New York Times, "He Spoke Out During the AIDS Crisis. See Why His Art Still Matters.," 12 July 2018 Teams play an eight-game schedule on Wednesdays, with four teams making the semifinals before a championship game to play for The John Scott Cup, named for the former enforcer and 2016 NHL All-Star Game MVP. Michael Blinn, SI.com, "NHLer-Laden Da Beauty League Returns for Third Season of Summer Hockey," 12 July 2018 In 2016, Kansas joined other states that had adopted the Jason Flatt Act, named for a Tennessee teen who had committed suicide. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Teen suicide doesn’t end with the school year. Now JoCo schools offer summertime therapy," 12 July 2018 Landscaped paths connect tidy modern facilities — a gift shop, a religious printing press —with ecclesiastical structures, including the St. Ottilia chapel for which this Benedictine congregation is named. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 There’s also the issue ofe Chevron deference, named for the 1984 Supreme Court case Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, which says the courts should defer to regulatory agencies in interpreting ambiguous laws passed by Congress. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Consumer advocacy groups are extremely worried about Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 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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