name·​ly | \ˈnām-lē \

Definition of namely 

: that is to say : to wit

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Synonyms for namely


to wit, videlicet

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Examples of namely in a Sentence

there's always one person stuck with cleaning up the mess, namely me

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The combat uniforms used by the Cameroonian army in such circumstances are standard combat suits, namely heavy helmets, bulletproof vests and rangers' boots. Edwin Kindzeka Moki, Fox News, "Cameroon calls video showing women shot dead propaganda," 13 July 2018 According to Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia, Milan are having to now consider the sale of some of their prize player assets, namely captain Leonardo Bonucci., "AC Milan Could Be Forced to Sell Captain Leonardo Bonucci Amid Club's FFP Woes," 13 July 2018 Opening society doors There are other ways of romancing potential corporate targets, namely opening them to new social circles. NBC News, "Wine and Wimbledon: The personal touch in courting corporate mergers," 10 July 2018 Several, namely Waymo and GM, have debuted or announced vehicles that can handle most situations in environments that are digitally mapped in advance to help prevent incidents. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to launch self-driving car service in Silicon Valley," 10 July 2018 This summer, all those charms are being married to exciting new developments—namely, exquisite hotel openings scattered through the country’s most alluring towns. Fortune, "5 Spectacular, New Ways to Experience the French Countryside," 28 June 2018 Of these, 32,000 aged between 40 and 69 had provided information pertinent to the study, namely ocular scans and relevant scores from cognitive tests. The Economist, "The eye's structure holds information about the health of the mind," 28 June 2018 Turns out the dormant volcano on the island isn't so dormant, so the people who saved the day three years before — namely, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard — go back to save the dinos left behind. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Jurassic World' sequel, Mr. Rogers movie battle it out; also, where to watch free movies," 21 June 2018 But those lawmakers seen as possible candidates for defection — namely Sens. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Here's What the Key Senators Think About Brett Kavanaugh Right Now," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of namely

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of namely

—used when giving exact information about something you have already mentioned


name·​ly | \ˈnām-lē \

Kids Definition of namely

: that is to say We studied the cat family, namely, lions, tigers, and related animals.

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