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

Those who wish may donate in JJ's name to the Humane Society of Broward County. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 Mary Barra’s name showing up on a Tesla business card is a far-fetched idea. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tesla’s Musk Needs to Find His Mary Barra," 13 July 2018 The person, who was notified of the decision but wasn't authorized to speak publicly, was not aware of any plans to change the pizza chain's name. Houston Chronicle, "Louisville football stadium removing Papa John's name," 13 July 2018 The person was not aware of any plans to change the pizza chain's name. Candice Choi, USA TODAY, "Papa John's to pull founder John Schnatter's image from marketing over racial slur," 13 July 2018 These seem unconnected, but for one thing: the name. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "What two fictional Gileads can teach us about America in 2018," 12 July 2018 Our ‘rebrand’ to remove the Monsanto name when we were acquired by Bayer, plus the news cycle? Ashwin Rodrigues, Fortune, "Monsanto Executives Were Feeling Pretty Good About Current News Cycle," 12 July 2018 Thomas Cowle doesn’t have much to his name — a bed, a couch and, most notably, a roof over his head. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Inmates build, then donate furniture to formerly homeless residents in Orlando," 13 July 2018 One by one, Jalen met each dog, learned their name and the officers taught him about them. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Police officers and K9s join boy with tumor to pray before his brain surgery," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Beauty expert Felicia Walker Benson’s website, ThisThatBeauty, has consistently been named one of the top 50 beauty blogs to follow. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "A Beauty Expert on Switching Up Your Skin-Care Routine," 13 July 2018 Northop President and COO Kathy Warden has been named his successor. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "The Fortune 500 Is Set to Get Another Female CEO," 13 July 2018 The Instagram user has been named in media reports but her identity has not been confirmed. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "LeSean McCoy domestic abuse allegations: What we know," 12 July 2018 Nina Hickson has been permanently named city attorney and Joshua Williams will serve as the city’s newest deputy chief operating officer. Pamela Miller, ajc, "Atlanta has new city attorney, deputy chief operating officer," 12 July 2018 Detroit has been named a finalist to host the NCAA men's basketball Final Four some time from 2023-26. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit among seven finalists to host Final Four in 2023-26," 12 July 2018 Dunkin' Brands also said that Travis has been named executive chairman of the board of directors. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "Dunkin' Brands names new CEO," 11 July 2018 Banogu has been named the Big 12’s preseason defensive player of the year, in polling by conference media, a fitting label for a guy coming off a season with 8.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "The Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year plays for TCU. Here’s who it is," 11 July 2018 Criss Brainard has been named the new fire chief of the San Miguel Consolidated Fire District. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Miguel names veteran to lead fire district," 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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