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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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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 Unlike the stimulus payments distributed under Trump, Biden’s name does not appear on the latest batch of paper checks. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "'My fellow American': Biden sends letter to stimulus check recipients, echoing mailer sent by Trump," 4 May 2021 Similar to 2003, Jenner is leaning into her celebrity fame and name recognition. Libby Cathey, ABC News, "Caitlyn Jenner brands herself a 'compassionate disrupter' in 1st ad seeking to recall Gov. Newsom," 4 May 2021 Two far-right websites posted Doe’s name, and one included her photo., "Judge orders release of memo on Russia probe," 4 May 2021 Weeks before Election Day, Bruce Bartman mailed his mother’s absentee ballot with a check mark next to President Donald Trump’s name. Washington Post, "Pennsylvania man admits he voted for Trump with his dead mom’s name: ‘I listened to too much propaganda’," 4 May 2021 My weird little name took me many years to fall in love with. Moira Macdonald, Star Tribune, "From a real Moira to the TV one: Thanks for making the name cool," 4 May 2021 Yes, Trash Pandas is the Huntsville-area team’s actual name. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Hear my heart sing: Minor League Baseball is back," 4 May 2021 In music bingo, players match a clip of an artist's song with the artist's name on their card. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Nothing virtual': The Washington County Fair is returning this summer with new activities and traditional favorites," 4 May 2021 The choices of artists are tailored to burnish his personal brand, the music equivalent of bathing in the residual glow of a string of celebrity name drops—accomplishment by association. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, "The Empty Blockbuster Music of DJ Khaled," 4 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kentucky public health officials initially declined to name the site of the outbreak the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used as an example of the risks of unvaccinated nursing home workers in an April 21 report. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky nursing home with deadly COVID-19 variant outbreak identified as Rowan facility," 4 May 2021 In the past, Buffett has declined to name the next CEO except to say that one of Berkshire's managers would take the job, but Abel was seen as a likely candidate. Josh Funk, Star Tribune, "When Buffett is gone, Abel will take over as Berkshire CEO," 3 May 2021 And yes, Whitaker has watched all the other guests hosts but politely declined to name a favorite so far. Washington Post, "What’s it really like to guest-host ‘Jeopardy!’? Bill Whitaker can tell you.," 3 May 2021 In the past, while Buffett has declined to name the next CEO except to say that one of Berkshire's managers would take the job, Abel was seen as a likely candidate. CBS News, "Meet the man who will succeed Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway," 3 May 2021 He was asked three times by opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer to say who initially had covered the costs of the work, but declined to name anyone., "Scottish Tory leader says Johnson should quit if he broke rules," 2 May 2021 While the White House declined to name any specific bridges as contenders -- saying a bidding process would determine which would receive funding -- the Brent Spence Bridge has widely been seen as a likely recipient of funds. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, "McConnell's home state bridge symbol of infrastructure standoff with Biden," 8 Apr. 2021 Multiple employees who spoke with The Chroncile declined to name the owner, offering only a pair of first names. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "On Doordash, these S.F. sushi spots look like famous restaurants. The real owners say they're fakes," 5 Apr. 2021 The agreement does not name the lounge, but other court records show Maani was associated with the Casa Montecristo in west suburban Countryside. Ray Long,, "Former state rep, Worth Township supervisor charged with bribery in red-light camera probe," 23 Apr. 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, "Here’s what’s low or out of stock at North Texas grocery stores," 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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The first known use of name was before the 12th century

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7 May 2021

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“Name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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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