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

Definition of namely

: that is to say : to wit

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there's always one person stuck with cleaning up the mess, namely me
Recent Examples on the Web The brilliantly searing tourist satire takes a scathing look at class warfare — namely, how rich white folks are just the worst. Ew Staff,, 9 July 2021 First, consider two of the most straight away haymaker accusations, namely that cars are death machines and that cars kill kids. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Indeed, an order that targets only a small fraction of people — namely, asylum seekers — crossing the US-Mexico border, which remains one of the busiest frontiers on the planet, could never have been effective as a national public health measure. Michael Breen And Michele Heisler, CNN, 5 June 2021 Turner's comments touched on an ongoing criticism of BLM – namely that its goals and political positions are much more left-wing than the name might suggest. Talia Kaplan, Fox News, 2 June 2021 Braimah shows me two early takes on top ten with just one difference, namely how bold the numbers were next to each title. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 13 May 2021 The Facebook Oversight Board announced Wednesday its decision to uphold the band of former president Donald Trump on its social platforms, namely Facebook and Instagram. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, 5 May 2021 According to Reuters, about 81 percent of Israelis over the age of 16 have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (namely Pfizer/BioNTech), which has caused hospitalizations and cases to drop dramatically. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 19 Apr. 2021 The vacuum was filled by social media, namely Facebook. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2021

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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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25 Jul 2021

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“Namely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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