name

noun
\ ˈnām How to pronounce name (audio) \

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

Needless to say, the Gunners' Twitter contingent (of which there are many) pointed to one man in particular as the saviour of the summer, certain long-haired Spaniard who goes by the name of Raul Sanllehi. SI.com, "Twitter Reacts as Arsenal Set to (Finally) Seal Defensive Reinforcements to Conclude Busy Window," 8 Aug. 2019 The latest sign of a world gone mad for battery-powered cars comes a company few consumers know by name, but whose products millions rely on to move about their daily lives. Alex Davies, WIRED, "An Old-School Auto Supplier Is Betting on an Electric Future," 8 Aug. 2019 Maybe not by name, but undoubtedly her foolishness rings a bell. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Opinion: The African Americans For Trump Coalition Will Be Reaching Out To You Soon, Bless Their Hearts," 8 Aug. 2019 Trump this week did not discuss gun-control legislation or mention 8chan or other hate sites by name. Drew Harwell, BostonGlobe.com, "White House invites tech companies to discussion of violent online extremism," 7 Aug. 2019 Although Trump did not mention Julián Castro, a former San Antonio mayor by name, the president also hit the 2020 presidential candidate. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "'Keep fighting Juaquin!' Trump attacks Castro brothers in deleted tweet that misspelled one of their names," 7 Aug. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Trump referred to Strzok by name on 43 separate occasions on Twitter between Dec. 3, 2017, and May 12, 2019. Andrew Harris / Bloomberg, Time, "Former FBI Agent Peter Strzok Sues Over 'Unlawful' Firing," 7 Aug. 2019 Cage also reminisced about encouraging a young man by the name of Johnny Depp to try his hand at acting when all his friend wanted to be was a musician. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Nicolas Cage Explains His Dinosaur Skull Fiasco and Hunt for the (Literal) Holy Grail," 7 Aug. 2019 There’s actually a couple more of us now, but the name is a nod to the fact that this isn’t something new to African-Americans. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "The Exchange pop-up pays tribute to black culture during Detroit Black Restaurant Week," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This year 250 private-equity fund managers surveyed by PwC, a consultancy, named Germany as Europe’s most promising market by a long way. The Economist, "Buy-out firms embrace Germany—and vice versa," 9 Aug. 2019 Genevieve, then 15, received emergency hospital treatment for a bite to her right wrist from a capuchin monkey named Boo, her mother’s attorney, Marc Naron, said Thursday. Ken Ritter, BostonGlobe.com, "Wayne Newton sued over monkey biting girl visiting his home," 9 Aug. 2019 Alexandra also became pals with a beautiful Sikkimese prince named Sidkeong Tulku. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 Genevieve, then 15, received emergency hospital treatment for a bite to her right wrist from a capuchin monkey named Boo, her mother's attorney, Marc Naron, said Thursday. Ken Ritter, chicagotribune.com, "Wayne Newton sued over monkey biting girl visiting his home," 9 Aug. 2019 Schools and districts named to the Honor Roll have shown consistently high levels of student achievement, improvement in achievement levels, and a reduction in achievement gaps. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Honor Roll program honors achievements at North County schools," 9 Aug. 2019 With practiced expertise, a middle-aged beekeeper named Hatidze makes her way along a rocky cliff and pulls aside a few stones to reveal row after precious row of golden honeycomb, shimmering like treasure buried in the mountainside. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "In the documentary ‘Honeyland,’ tradition hangs in the balance," 9 Aug. 2019 Before dating Kassidy, Christian was linked to an actress named Shazi Raja. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here Are All the "13 Reasons Why" Stars' Relationship Statuses IRL," 9 Aug. 2019 More’s the pity because 55 years ago, the Hall of Fame third baseman crunched numbers that made him the American League’s Most Valuable Player — the first Oriole so named. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Here’s To You, Mr. Robinson: Orioles third baseman had stellar 1964 season," 9 Aug. 2019

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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 and Verb

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

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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)

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

name

noun
\ ˈnām How to pronounce name (audio) \

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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