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 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 The half-hour drama series is based on the book of the same name by Stephanie Danler. Joe Otterson, chicagotribune.com, "'Sweetbitter' renewed for Season 2 at Starz," 13 July 2018 The tweet is now one of the 2.3 million tweets dedicated to the challenge based on the Drake song of the same name. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Hoda Kotb, Al Roker & Their Fellow 'Today Show' Hosts Take on Drake's 'In My Feelings' Challenge: Watch," 13 July 2018 Unlike Filicudi, where the terraced farming operations are largely abandoned, Salina has 11 working vineyards, which grow the Malvasia grapes that produce the wine of the same name. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 This morning Chicago art gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey—which also runs a superb record label under the same name, focusing on jazz and improvisation—announced the winners of the first Instant Award in Improvised Music. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills New $50,000 prize in improvised music gives its first awards to Joe McPhee and Susan Alcorn," 10 July 2018 The four, along with the late Charlie Murphy, starred last year in the BET series by the same name that looked at the touring comedians’ lives on- and off-stage. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events July 12-18: ‘Mamma Mia,’ Comedy Get Down, Ginger Rogers Festival, Tony Rock," 10 July 2018 To volunteer to be a greeter at the School House this summer or to make an appointment to see the School House at other times, leave your name and number at 860-678-7621. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Oliver was in his first full season in the Tigers organization when he was named to the Futures Game roster. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Future tense? Tigers' Futures Game players haven't often panned out," 14 July 2018 Without naming the state, Friday's indictment says the Russian intelligence officers stole information on about 500,000 voters from the website of one board of elections, a breach that went undetected for three weeks. CBS News, "Top state election officials meet amid security concerns," 14 July 2018 Without naming the state, Friday’s indictment said the Russian intelligence officers stole information on about 500,000 voters from the website of one board of elections, a breach undetected for three weeks. Geoff Mulvihill, BostonGlobe.com, "No signs Russia targeting elections like 2016, US official says," 14 July 2018 The police, without naming victims or a suspect, said a woman at the address of McCoy’s home had been injured in a home invasion and taken to a hospital. Juliet Macur, New York Times, "LeSean McCoy and His Former Girlfriend Had History of Domestic Disputes," 12 July 2018 In his one season with the team, Wesley averaged 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, in addition to being named District 4-5A Defensive Player of the Year & first-team all-district in 2009. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "First family of Fort Worth basketball still shining after careers at TCU, Kansas," 12 July 2018 Zagrocki was deputy chief before being named interim police chief when Dowling resigned in January to concentrate on his bid for the Democratic nomination for Lake County sheriff. Rob Earnshaw, Post-Tribune, "Interim Schererville chief gets town's top cop job," 12 July 2018 Millennials, who have only lived to see a handful of presidents, were the most likely to name Obama as the best president, with 62% of millennials viewing him as one of the top two and 46% naming his as the top. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Barack Obama Is the Greatest President of Our Lifetime, Say 44% of Americans.," 12 July 2018 Butler became the county’s fire chief in January 2015, after being named acting fire chief in December 2014 following Bill Goddard's resignation. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Howard County fire chief is leaving for Northern Virginia post," 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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