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

However, there was one fairly major name (aside from Kate Middleton) missing from the guest list, and that was Doria Ragland. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Managed to Secretly See Her Mom at Her Home in L.A.," 5 Mar. 2019 The Identity Leak Checker asks for your email (nothing more), then uses that email to generate a list of information that’s out in the wild, including your name, IP address, and password, if applicable. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "A second, massive Collections leak of 2.2 billion email addresses probably has your information," 31 Jan. 2019 The Future Will Be Pedestrianized Prize The war on cars (also the name of an excellent new podcast) comes home as fires burn, sea levels rise, and the planet warms. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 Write to Nat Ives at nat.ives@wsj.com Corrections & Amplifications An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled the name of influencer marketing company Mavrck as Mavrk on second reference. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Hulu Ad Campaign Spells Out That Its Influencers Get Paid," 15 Feb. 2019 And in a fun twist, Will changes the names of all three women, so his daughter has to guess which one became his wife. Alexis Jones And Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, "21 Rom-Coms to Stream on Netflix this Valentine's Day," 13 Feb. 2019 Jack Tar bears the name of the former motor lodge that the restaurant currently inhabits. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "Visiting Durham, N.C.? Here's Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink," 8 Feb. 2019 The obsession that comes from a crush manifests in the best ways: posters decorating our bedroom walls, the name of the crush written repeatedly in notebooks with hearts, the crush’s image as a cell phone screensaver, their music on repeat. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 Authorities aren’t releasing his name because he hasn’t been charged in the killings yet. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "After 20 years police in 2 states link dead mother and son," 6 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Like the sun they're named for, these blossoms represent warmth and happiness, Law says. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Of course, nothing goes according to plan when the two identical (but not related) girls decide to try and prevent Alyssa’s father from marrying a snobby woman named Clarice. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Which Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Movie You Should Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 2 Jan. 2019 Thierry Bolloré is the company’s new chief executive, and Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard was named chairman. Peter Landers, WSJ, "Ghosn’s New Lawyer Criticizes Nissan’s Handling of Investigation," 20 Feb. 2019 The female lead role was turned down by almost every famous actress, and the role of her male counterpart went to some unknown actor named Tom Hanks (wonder what happened to him). Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Belongs in the 2019 Remake of Splash?," 13 Feb. 2019 Last year, one of the most controversial seasons of American Idol came to a close when singer Maddie Poppe was named the winner. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "When Does 'American Idol' Come Back for Its Next Season on ABC?," 20 Jan. 2019 But that's when Pemberton and Campbell drop another bombshell: Only three of them can be named to the discovery, not four. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory Had the Most Touching Scene Between Sheldon and Amy Yet," 17 Jan. 2019 Her name can be found on maps today: Lake Sacajawea, in Washington state, and Lake Sakakawea, in North Dakota, are named after her. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 2019 The sun wouldn’t even be sending out those particles, named photons, if not for the same phenomenon that might underlie our sense of smell — quantum tunneling. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 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 and Verb

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

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More Definitions for name

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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