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Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing The boy's name is Brad.
b : a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity
2 : a descriptive often disparaging epithet called him names
3a : reputation gave the town a bad name
b : an illustrious record : fame made a name for himself in golf
c : a person or thing with a reputation one of the most detested names in history
4 : family, clan was a disgrace to his name
5 : appearance as opposed to reality a friend in name only
6 : one referred to by a name praise his holy name
in the name of
1 : by authority of open in the name of the law
2 : for the reason of : using the excuse of called for reforms in the name of progress


named; naming

Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to give a name to : call
2a : to mention or identify by name refused to name a suspect
b : to accuse by name
3 : to nominate for office : appoint
4 : to decide on : choose name the day of the wedding
5 : to mention explicitly : specify unwilling to name a price



Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or bearing a name name tags
2 : appearing in the name of a literary or theatrical production
3a : having an established reputation
b : featuring celebrities

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Other Words from name


namer noun

Examples of name in a Sentence

Noun Please write your name on this line. State your name and occupation. I refused to give them my name. Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Clemens. She registered at the hotel under a false name. My full name is Susan Elaine Smith. We had to memorize the names of all the countries in Africa. “What's your dog's name?” “His name is Sandy.” This is his song “Loving You” from the album of the same name. The ship's name was “Titanic.” Verb “What are you going to name your new dog?” “I think I'll name him Sandy.” The aptly named HMS “Victorious” helped the British Royal Navy win an important victory. A man named James Smith is on the phone. We named our daughter “Mary” in honor of her grandmother. Can you name the person who attacked you? All of the authors named above were influenced by his work. She was named to replace him as the company's vice president. Adjective the university's physics department boasts a number of name physicists
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Founded in 1873, the historically Black college in Marshall, Texas is home of `The Great Debaters’—a team popularized in a 2007 film of the same name. Essence, 28 July 2021 The series — which at one point aired in more than 80 countries and racked up 7 million monthly viewers — was based on the children’s book series of the same name by Marc Brown, who was also an executive producer on the show., 28 July 2021 The program, starring Josh Jackson, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater and AnnaSophia Rob is essentially a new version of the podcast bearing the same name. oregonlive, 28 July 2021 In June, Amazon Prime Video released the documentary Mary J. Blige's My Life, which offered a behind-the-scenes look at the deeply personal and critically-acclaimed album of the same name, released 1994. Abigail Adams,, 28 July 2021 In 1988, George Michael’s album of the same name topped the chart for 12 weeks, on its way to winning a Grammy for album of the year. Paul Grein, Billboard, 27 July 2021 Hatcher based the play on a 1905 novella of the same name by Swedish writer Hjalmar Söderberg. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2021 So Clevland is going to have two teams with the same name? Robert Higgs, cleveland, 26 July 2021 Now Zacatecans, including in the state capital of the same name, have awoken on several occasions to corpses dangling from overpasses. Maria Verza, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Consider removing her as an owner, and instead name her as beneficiary on the account., 15 July 2021 On Friday, members of the country’s nonfunctioning Senate voted to name the body’s leader, Joseph Lambert, as Haiti’s acting president. Anchorage Daily News, 12 July 2021 On Friday, members of the country’s nonfunctioning Senate voted to name the body’s leader, Joseph Lambert, as Haiti’s acting president. Washington Post, 12 July 2021 Meanwhile, what remains of the nation's nonfunctioning Senate has sought to name one of its own as the new president against the wishes of the interim government. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 11 July 2021 Xi is also expected to name Qin Gang as the new ambassador to Washington. Jennifer Conrad, Wired, 10 July 2021 The policy has to name the unvaccinated passenger as the holder or beneficiary and can be purchased from a travel insurance company of the passenger's choosing or through Carnival Vacation Protection. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 9 July 2021 An extensive investigation led police to name Christopher George Maurer, 33, of Adrian, as a person of interest, MSP say in the release. Kc Baker,, 30 June 2021 The complaints, which name former communications director Eric Kay and longtime vice president of communications Tim Mead as defendants in addition to the Angels, accuse the team of wrongful death and negligence. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Although pancake mix and syrup are not sold out in most stores, most popular or name brand items are harder to come by. Dallas News, 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of name


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for name

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English nama; akin to Old High German namo name, Latin nomen, Greek onoma, onyma

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“Name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a word or phrase that refers to or that can refer to a specific person
: a word or phrase that refers to a specific place or thing
: a word or phrase that refers to a type or group of things



English Language Learners Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

: to give a name to (someone or something)
: to say the name of (someone or something)
: to choose (someone) to be (something)



English Language Learners Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly US : having a well-known name and good reputation


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Kids Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a word or combination of words by which a person or thing is known
2 : reputation sense 2 She made a name for herself in the restaurant business.
3 : a word or phrase used to describe and insult someone Stop calling me names!


named; naming

Kids Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to choose a word or words by which something will be known : give a name to They plan to name the baby Diana.
2 : to refer to by the word by which a person or thing is known : call by name Can you name all the state capitals?
3 : to appoint to a job of authority Our principal was named superintendent of schools.
4 : to decide on Have you named the date for your wedding?
5 : mention entry 2 Just name your price.
6 : to choose to be Their son was named student of the year.



Kids Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

: well-known because of wide distribution That store doesn't sell name brands.

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