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

Can be a name of the list of 'Possible easing equations' or a callback\n that defines the ease. Car and Driver, "No title," 20 Nov. 2018 She's become a household name—and the subject of many tabloid headlines—at this point. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "Teresa Giudice's Beauty Routine Costs $22,077—But Are You Really That Surprised?," 7 Nov. 2018 The other piece of the puzzle is that Skycom was basically Huawei under a different name, according to the prosecutor. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Huawei’s CFO is granted bail by Canadian court but will be closely monitored," 11 Dec. 2018 Though not a household name, Bunge plays a major role in feeding people around the world. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Bunge Prepares to Replace CEO Soren Schroder," 7 Dec. 2018 Camila even gave fans a cute ship name to use: Charmila. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "27 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 7 Dec. 2018 November 30, 2018 Kid Rock calls Joy Behar a derogatory name on Fox and Friends. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Joy Behar and Kid Rock's Feud Goes Further Back Than People Realize," 3 Dec. 2018 Hot off the release of fully encrypted traffic earlier this month, Google's cellular service, Project Fi, is getting a new name and greatly expanded device support—although that device support comes with some caveats. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s cellular service gets rebranded, offers support for iPhones," 28 Nov. 2018 The only difference is a $2,000 generator is more functional than brand-name clothing. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "What doomsday preppers are buying this Black Friday," 21 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Wall Street Journal last week reported on Mr. Kim’s plans to step down, naming Mr. Cheun as the likely successor. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Samsung Downsizes China Operations With Factory Closure," 13 Dec. 2018 Umbreen is Muslim, about to marry a Hindu man named Prem—a part of her grandmother's early life that Yaz had never suspected. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Doctor Who wraps a solid season with its first female Time Lord," 12 Dec. 2018 In Homegrown Christmas, the When Calls the Heart star portrays a shoe designer named Maddie who returns to her small town for the holidays. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Homegrown Christmas' Was Filmed in This Massively Popular Canadian City," 8 Dec. 2018 Jenner created a whole new 14-pan eye shadow palette appropriately named Chill Baby. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed Her Entire 2018 Holiday Makeup Collection on Instagram," 14 Nov. 2018 Soon, Sarofim was immersed in the rich history of the enclave, which was created in the 1950s and ’60s when the Doheny family sold the backyard of their Tudor Revival manor, Greystone, to a developer named Paul Trousdale. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Tour an Iconic Beverly Hills Home that Mixes Antique Accents with a Contemporary Cool," 24 Oct. 2018 The board of Mitsubishi, which is 34%-owned by Nissan, voted unanimously Monday to strip Mr. Ghosn of the chairmanship and named Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko to the post for now. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Carlos Ghosn Was Too Powerful, Nissan’s CEO Says," 26 Nov. 2018 Shot in black and white and set around 1971, Roma — named for the Mexico City neighborhood in which Cuarón was raised — begins with a long, unmoving shot from above. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies," 20 Nov. 2018 Outside of the truly stupid, the choices will be up to the users, with the overall aim of defeating an AI named Zookd that has accidentally been released online. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "For Halloween This Year, MIT Is Letting the Internet Control a Person," 29 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

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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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)

: 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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