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

Definition of namely

: that is to say : to wit

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Synonyms for namely


scilicet, 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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Intentional or not, the decision managed to offend some actual wearers of Nike shoes, namely Cruz, along with McConnell, the governor of Arizona, and others on the right side of the political spectrum. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Nike flag flap leaves conservatives looking for "not so woke" shoes," 3 July 2019 Lab meats can have the beneficial nutrients of meat—iron, vitamin B12, selenium, niacin, and so forth—while also cutting down on the bad stuff, namely the cholesterol and fat content, by integrating only as much as is needed for flavor. Amanda Little, The New Republic, "The Meat Mogul’s Case For Lab-Grown Beef," 1 July 2019 This is particularly important with Zidane's preference to use systems with a holding midfielder, namely 4-3-3 and 4-3-1-2., "4 Positions Real Madrid Must Strengthen This Summer to Reclaim La Liga & Champions League Glory," 30 June 2019 And a great deal has gone with it, namely the idea that a website is better off without its most annoying, rule-breaking users. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Something Awful’s founder thinks YouTube sucks at moderation," 26 June 2019 Havasupai Lodge Havasupai's only motel has some incredible amenities, namely beds and plumbing. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Hiking to Havasupai: How far is it, what's Mooney Falls like and everything you need to know," 24 June 2019 But the focus of the San Antonio City Council’s daylong budget session Friday was providing relief for taxpayers, namely the homestead exemption. Dylan Mcguinness,, "San Antonio could add a homestead exemption, but there’s also talk of higher taxes," 21 June 2019 Auburn will have drastic changes to its offense, namely at quarterback, where either redshirt-freshman Joey Gatewood or true freshman Bo Nix, will be making their first career start, and there will be a new starting H-back and flanker as well. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Gus Malzahn sees similarities between Oregon defense, those Auburn faces in SEC," 17 June 2019 The Cowboys have been overhauling their wide receiving corps throughout the offseason, namely cutting Bryant earlier this month. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Cowboys land WR Michael Gallup in third round | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of namely

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of namely was in the 14th century

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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 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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to form ideas or theories about something

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