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

The ruse allowed Doe to keep using the US citizen’s true name and Social Security number, prosecutors said. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Roxbury man used someone else’s name for more than 40 years. The feds still aren’t sure who he is," 13 June 2019 Authorities haven’t released the victim’s name, and no arrests have been made. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Man fatally shot inside apartment in Northwest Washington," 13 June 2019 The agent who signed the lease gave Salkin a fake name and home address. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ATF's Milwaukee sting operation was marred by mistakes, failures," 11 June 2019 The developer just debuted the building a few weeks ago, announcing the tower's new name and touring local media representatives and downtown officials throughout the space. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Report: Skanska to sell stake in Bank of America Tower," 11 June 2019 Schilling goes beyond name and origin in this book. Valentina Palladino And Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Ars picks 11 gifts you can get Dad for Father’s Day 2019," 11 June 2019 Whitley also works with Haven for Hope to connect its transgender residents over the age of 25 with services, including hormone therapy and help with changing IDs to reflect preferred names and genders. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "The Trump administration wants to allow homeless shelters to turn away transgender people," 11 June 2019 The names and GPAs printed here were taken from information provided by the schools. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Union-Tribune All-Academic Team for spring sports," 11 June 2019 In the early 1900s, at a time when few newspaper stories had a byline, her name and picture accompanied her daily column in the Cincinnati Post. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "These women have been written out of history books. This project is putting them back in," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Trying to spot all the Easter eggs and digs Jarmusch has planted (Steve Buscemi plays a cranky right-wing farmer named Frank Miller, in a possible nod to the comic writer) is nearly impossible. Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Bill Murray, Adam Driver battle zombies in ‘The Dead Don’t Die’," 13 June 2019 Trying to spot all the Easter eggs and digs Jarmusch has planted (Steve Buscemi plays a cranky right-wing farmer named Frank Miller, in a possible nod to the comic writer) is nearly impossible. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Review: Bill Murray and Adam Driver battle zombies in ‘The Dead Don’t Die’," 13 June 2019 However, during Wednesday's class certification hearing, U.S. District Court Judge John J. Tuchi questioned the parameters of those classes, as well as the plaintiffs' decision to name individual Phoenix officers in the suit. azcentral, "Lawsuit stemming from Phoenix police actions after Trump appearance goes before judge," 12 June 2019 Insys was named in roughly 1,000 lawsuits from counties, states, Native American tribes and insurance companies over Subsys and the costs of addiction, Mr. Long said. Peg Brickley, WSJ, "Insys Files for Chapter 11 Days After Settling Opioid Case," 10 June 2019 In addition to choosing Powell, a Republican whom President Barack Obama had named to the Fed board, to be chairman, Mr. Trump has filled three other vacancies on the board in his first two years in office. CBS News, "Trump says Federal Reserve policies are "very destructive" to U.S. economy," 10 June 2019 There was a notable spike in babies named LeBron in 2004, after LeBron James was drafted first overall. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Data shows 2018 was a Baby Giannis, Baby Baker boom in U.S.," 8 June 2019 But despite being named in a police report and in two local human rights groups' investigations of the killings, Cherizier, remains not only free, but the most powerful man in Lower Delmas. Fox News, "Leader or killer? A day with 'Barbecue' in Haiti's capital," 7 June 2019 Here, the English naturalist famously observed that the islands’ finches (later named in his honor) had beaks that varied from island to island, depending on local conditions and food sources. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 7 June 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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