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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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 The native mosquito assassin is a predatory fly that breeds in the same habitat as pest mosquitoes, namely in natural and artificial containers. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County breeds carnivorous plants, mosquito assassins to limit mosquito population," 7 July 2018 However, other groups within the Presbyterian Church — namely, the Presbyterians for Peace in the Middle East — did succeed in amending some of the strongest anti-Israel overtures. Sean Savage, Jewish Journal, "Presbyterian Church continues trend of targeting Israel at its General Assembly," 26 June 2018 For one, the prices tend to be a little higher in the months of June, July, and August, namely because, again, kids are home from school and families tend to go on vacation during this time. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Is The Best Time Of Year To Visit Disney World," 22 June 2018 The ruling, issued Wednesday, focused on the manner in which the legislature approved the bill and didn't address some of the other issues, namely whether the changes in benefits violate contractual rights of public employees. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Judge strikes down Kentucky's pension reform law: 5 things to know," 20 June 2018 And one part of ensuring this happened would be to devise a way to stop a repetition of what occurred with both rubber and ACE inhibitors—namely, their appropriation, without royalties or tax revenues accruing to the locals, by foreign firms. The Economist, "GenomicsSequencing the world," 23 Jan. 2018 That said, there is one narrow piece of immigration policy that Congress might actually be able to pass: namely, some measure that prevents immigration authorities from separating migrants from their children. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump to GOP: Don’t Bother Voting on Immigration Bills Until After Midterms," 22 June 2018 Welcome to Antisocial, the society column for people kind of afraid of society—namely me, your editor-in-chief, Danielle Belton. Danielle C. Belton, The Root, "Kendrick Lamar Gets His Pulitzer, but It’s Pulitzer Administrator Dana Canedy Who Is a Prize," 31 May 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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