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

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 Police tracked him down after taking the unusual step last Friday of releasing photographs of him but not his name or any other identifying information. Arkansas Online, "Police release teen suspect in Barnard student's killing," 27 Dec. 2019 Police tracked him down after taking the unusual step last Friday of releasing photographs of him but not his name or any other identifying information. Time, "NYPD Locate Teen Suspected of Killing of Barnard Freshman," 26 Dec. 2019 The father, whose name and age were not disclosed, swam out to the girl, then witnesses told rescuers that both of them were struggling in the water. Fox News, "California dad dies after trying to rescue daughter, 10: report," 26 Dec. 2019 Multiple species of rockfish, slow-growing creatures with spiny fins and colorful names like canary, darksplotched and yellow eye, were the hardest hit. Fortune, "West Coast Fishery Rebounds in Rare Conservation ‘Home Run’," 26 Dec. 2019 There was also incentive to endorse the park: the physical address of the park would carry the Onsted town name and ZIP code. Dan Cherry, Detroit Free Press, "A second Cedar Point amusement park was almost built in Michigan," 26 Dec. 2019 Multiple species of rockfish, slow-growing creatures with spiny fins and colorful names like canary, darksplotched and yellow eye, were the hardest hit. CBS News, ""The biggest environmental story that no one knows about": The recovery of groundfish off the West Coast," 26 Dec. 2019 Multiple species of rockfish, slow-growing creatures with spiny fins and colorful names like canary, darksplotched and yellow eye, were the hardest hit. Washington Post, "West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation ‘home run’," 26 Dec. 2019 The victims were all in their teens but no exact ages or names were released. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "3 teens killed, 2 injured in Christmas night crash near Pleasanton," 26 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The new Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian follows the adventures of a ruthless bounty hunter named Din Djarin. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "The Mandalorian Could Use a Watson," 11 Jan. 2020 The unmarried Sultan Qaboos had no children and did not publicly name an heir, a tradition among the ruling Al Said dynasty whose history is replete with bloody takeovers. NBC News, "Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who modernized Oman, dies at 79," 11 Jan. 2020 Ford signed documents in 1996 giving Chopin her power of attorney and naming him as her health care surrogate, wrote attorney Kara Rockenbach, who represents Ford. Jane Musgrave, Detroit Free Press, "Daughters claim widow of Henry Ford II is being abused by longtime companion," 11 Jan. 2020 Then a stalker named Maria appeared in Wurtzel’s Bleecker Street apartment and threatened to slash up her face. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Chaotic, Beautiful Larks of Elizabeth Wurtzel," 10 Jan. 2020 The university bought naming rights to the building in 2014 but has no control over scheduling decisions beyond its own events. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UWM doesn't own or book Panther Arena, but Trump's rally there sparking campus controversy," 10 Jan. 2020 In just the last two months, there were roughly a thousand phishing attempts against each of the leading Democratic candidates, according to Area 1, a Silicon Valley security firm, which did not name the candidates. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 The 425-pound predator, named Kuzma, was anesthetized for a four-and-a-half-hour root canal on one of his large fangs, during which he was tended to by a team of 13 dentists, veterinarians and zoo-keepers, according to SWNS. Fox News, "Giant 425-pound Siberian tiger undergoes hours-long root canal surgery, incredible images show," 10 Jan. 2020 But the recent arrival of two interstellar objects—a rock named ‘Oumuamua and a flashy comet called Borisov—has brought that assumption into question. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Hypersonic weapons, acid waters, and interstellar comets," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of name was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

29 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Name.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/named. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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name

noun
How to pronounce name (audio)

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)

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.

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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