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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Additionally, babies born to mothers who were using opioids prenatally may be born with withdrawal symptoms – namely, neonatal abstinence syndrome – that require significant care. Paul L. Morgan, The Conversation, "Opioid epidemic may have cost states at least $130 billion in treatment and related expenses – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg," 30 July 2019 At the House of the Vestals in Pompeii, feasts were punctuated by an eerie reminder of one’s mortality: namely, a monochrome floor mosaic depicting a skeleton carrying two wine jugs. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "From Baked Dormouse to Carbonized Bread, 300 Artifacts Show What Romans Ate," 27 July 2019 Johnson said for him, the testimony raised more questions than Mueller answered — namely, what triggered the probe and who is now in charge of Mueller's special counsel team given the political ties of some of its members. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ron Johnson says Robert Mueller's testimony was 'sad,' says age took a toll," 26 July 2019 The hearing will scrutinize the leading vape company's marketing, health claims and relationship with Big Tobacco -- namely, tobacco giant Altria, which invested nearly $13 billion in Juul Labs late last year. Michael Nedelman And Arman Azad, CNN, "Congressional hearing probes Juul's role in youth vaping 'epidemic'," 24 July 2019 Of course, Amazon has products and services that are inextricable from the Amazon brand—namely, its Echo, Alexa, and Fire devices, Amazon Web Services, and its Prime program. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Why Amazon is the perfect platform for Lady Gaga’s new cosmetics line," 16 July 2019 So when two especially beloved co-hosts — namely, Tamron Hall and Ann Curry — weren't featured in a recent video for the show's 25th anniversary, a lot of viewers weren't happy. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Probably Why 'Today' Left Out Tamron Hall and Ann Curry in That 25th Anniversary Clip," 24 June 2019 And now, the person with the most knowledge about them, namely, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has a responsibility to come forward with evidence to rebut them. Fox News, "Tucker takes on Kavanaugh opponent; Martha MacCallum's takeaways from interview with Kavanaugh," 25 Sep. 2018 Those transactions were out of line with the business that the U.S. companies was supposed to be engaged in: namely, the selling of finished jewelry, Mr. Carney said. Peg Brickley, WSJ, "Probe Turns Up Evidence Linking Modi’s U.S. Companies to Alleged Fraud," 27 Aug. 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 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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a period when something is suspended

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