name·​ly ˈnām-lē How to pronounce namely (audio)
: that is to say : to wit

Examples of namely in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

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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“Namely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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name·​ly ˈnām-lē How to pronounce namely (audio)
: that is to say
the cat family, namely, lions, tigers, and related animals

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