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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


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


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 But as the police and military escalated the use of lethal force, a hardcore faction of protesters armed themselves with homemade weapons such as firebombs in the name of self-defense. Associated Press Staff,, "Myanmar forces kill 82 in single day in city, according to reports," 10 Apr. 2021 After a sympathetic judge limited the county’s restrictions in early December, the 2nd District Court of Appeal on March 1 upheld the county’s right to implement the closures in the name of public health. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "Tinhorn Flats owners repeatedly defy restaurant closure: ‘We will never back down’," 9 Apr. 2021 What in the name of Nancy Zimpher is happening in Clifton? Jay Brinker, The Enquirer, "Guest TML: It's time for UC basketball coach John Brannen, UC to part company," 9 Apr. 2021 It’s complicated, but New York put in some smart protections: No health information gets stored on your phone — just that QR code with your clearance status, your name and birth date. Washington Post, "We tested the first state ‘vaccine passport’ at Yankee Stadium. It’s not quite a home run.," 8 Apr. 2021 The hope is that the film inspires others to put neurodivergent minds in charge of the creative process, like Sam and Mattie were, instead of simply writing them into a script in the name of inclusion, Jesse Suchmann said. Mark Pratt, Star Tribune, "New film follows 2 zombie moviemakers with Down syndrome," 8 Apr. 2021 This 5x11-inch bamboo wood serving board is engraved with mom’s name and the date in a cursive font. Cheyann Neades, Better Homes & Gardens, "16 Affordable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Any Type of Mom—All Under $25," 7 Apr. 2021 What the nation’s government is doing to its people in the name of public health is cruel -- and apparently ineffective. Gary Dempsey was born in Wexford, Ireland, and had a successful career in football (the European sort). Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Why Ireland Has the Most Miserable Lockdown in the Western World," 7 Apr. 2021 City workers could seize your belongings and take them away for steam cleaning, all in the name of public health. Jo Caird, Smithsonian Magazine, "This London Building Tells the Story of a Century’s Worth of Disease and Epidemics," 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Years ago, the Miami Herald first reported on the scoring system that young male lawmakers had used to rank women, but didn't name the lawmakers involved. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, "Orgy, underage girls, sex games and extortion: Inside the allegations surrounding Rep. Matt Gaetz," 4 Apr. 2021 In fact, the weight is said to be reduced by 27% compared to other foldables, although Xiaomi does not name any specific models. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Mi Mix Fold: Xiaomi announces price, release date, and specs of its first foldable phone," 30 Mar. 2021 They have since been discharged, according to a press release from Iowa State University, which did not name any of the students involved. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "Boating accident at Iowa State University leaves 1 student dead, another missing," 29 Mar. 2021 And while the mayor didn’t name Newsom, his comments ultimately are criticism of the governor and his initial tightly constrained approach to vaccinating residents by age and profession., "Half of UK adults have gotten one dose of COVID-19 vaccine," 20 Mar. 2021 The man, who police did not name in their news release, was pronounced dead at the scene. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Suspect arrested after a 100-year-old man was slain in his home, Los Angeles police say," 19 Mar. 2021 In a statement released Tuesday, LAPD officials acknowledged the man in the video is a former detective who was assigned to the department’s Central Bureau and retired in May, but did not name him. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "D.A. to review cases after video shows ex-LAPD detective yelling slur at Black driver," 17 Mar. 2021 Hannah also noted the party did not name Hobbs as a defendant in the lawsuit, even though county officials were implementing her office's rules. Maria Polletta, The Arizona Republic, "Judge rips Arizona GOP for election lawsuit, orders party to pay thousands in legal fees," 16 Mar. 2021 The statement of claim filed by his lawyers said that the article, which did not name Mr. Porter, made defamatory imputations. New York Times, "‘Enough Is Enough’: Thousands Across Australia March Against Sexual Violence," 15 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Although pancake mix and syrup are not sold out in most stores, most popular or name brand items are harder to come by. Dallas News, "Here’s what’s low or out of stock at North Texas grocery stores," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of name


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

13 Apr 2021

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“Name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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



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


\ 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!


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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