name·​ly | \ ˈnām-lē How to pronounce namely (audio) \

Definition of namely

: that is to say : to wit

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there's always one person stuck with cleaning up the mess, namely me
Recent Examples on the Web In their wide range of experiences, the issues of importance to them—namely organizing against forced sterilizations and intimate-partner violence against women—were rarely taken seriously by others, including Black men and white women. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2022 The report’s evidence points to Maduro, his closest allies, and two state military and civilian intelligence services — namely, the Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM) and the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN). María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2022 Zatko suggested that the federal government—namely, the understaffed Federal Trade Commission—ramp up oversight of companies that have lost private user data to hackers. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 19 Sep. 2022 But there are potential setbacks, namely, the dearth of blockbusters on the calendar in fall. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 19 Sep. 2022 From start to finish, the 13-track album employs the techniques that helped make Fletcher a star in the first place; namely, candid lyrics set to catchy pop hooks. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 16 Sep. 2022 Auburn failed to do that, namely in the second half of its early-season loss to Penn State last year. Tom Green |, al, 13 Sep. 2022 What's more, Marbury predicts players in the NBA will see a growth in opportunities outside of basketball, namely in entertainment. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2022 Findings like these may be colored by the fact that those who tend to drink matcha tea regularly may also choose other heart-healthy lifestyle choices, namely in their dietary routine. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of namely

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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23 Sep 2022

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“Namely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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name·​ly | \ ˈnām-lē How to pronounce namely (audio) \

Kids Definition of namely

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

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