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

Definition of namely

: that is to say : to wit

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Examples of namely in a Sentence

there's always one person stuck with cleaning up the mess, namely me
Recent Examples on the Web The Texas A&M Aggies football program, namely head coach Jimbo Fisher, committed recruiting and countable athletic related activity violations between January 2018 and February 2019, the NCAA announced Thursday. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "NCAA penalizes Texas A&M football program; Jimbo Fisher hit with six-month show-cause for violations," 3 July 2020 The statement from Glass comes on the heels of other statements from coaches, namely IU football coach Tom Allen, volleyball coach Steve Aird, and women’s basketball coach Teri Moren. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "IU athletic director Fred Glass: 'Our students are hurting'," 1 June 2020 But city officials have said repeatedly that all reopening plans are predicated on the state of the virus’ spread, namely the rate of new infections and the number of hospitalizations — both of which spiked this week in San Francisco. Dominic Fracassa,, "San Francisco delays reopening of hair salons, museums, gyms, pools tattoo parlors," 10 July 2020 Brazil already receives money from wealthy nations, namely Germany and Norway, to fight deforestation in the Amazon. Washington Post, "Brazil asks investment firms to adopt protected Amazon areas," 9 July 2020 If there are large and small questions how campaigning will go on in the time of COVID-19, there is an even bigger one waiting on the two big Election Days that are rapidly approaching — namely, how all the votes will be cast and counted. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "In a campaign marked by Trump, COVID-19 and protests, no one is sure what will work," 7 July 2020 These calls are set up to sound like mallards, namely hens, in order to entice birds into your decoy spread. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Ducks and Geese," 26 June 2020 The practice is described by developers as a a way to accomplish multiple goals at once, namely strengthening renewable energy and expanding natural habitats. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "'A magical solution': Solar developers planting flowers that could help save butterflies and bees," 9 July 2020 But there will be some big pluses to playing at home — namely, traveling right now is stressful. Susan Slusser,, "A’s Plus: What does Jesús Luzardo’s positive test mean for the team?," 8 July 2020

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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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5 Aug 2020

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“Namely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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