name

noun
\ ˈnām How to pronounce name (audio) \

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

name

verb
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

name

adjective

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

Verb

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

Being a billionaire whose name popped up in the Panama Papers hasn’t helped. Washington Post, "Legacy of Ukraine Revolution Rides on March Election: QuickTake," 18 Sep. 2019 The 49-year-old athlete, whose real name is Vincent Sennen Garcia, has been candid about his mental health struggles in the past, however his condition since being hospitalized amid a battle with depression has been kept mostly private. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Surfer Sunny Garcia Has 'Said a Few Words' Months After Being Hospitalized Amid Depression Battle," 17 Sep. 2019 Burillo, whose full name is Javier Burillo Azcarraga, is a property developer with high-end hotels and restaurants in Mexico and other projects throughout California and Texas, according to NBC Bay Area and the Marin Independent Journal. NBC News, "Wealthy developer arrested in death of son, 11, who fell off boat in San Francisco Bay," 17 Sep. 2019 The investigation by Vance has been focused on $130,000 that Cohen paid Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, just before the election. BostonGlobe.com, "Both Trump and his company reimbursed Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer, for money Cohen paid to buy the silence of Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Trump. The president has denied the affair.," 17 Sep. 2019 The 13-month-old boy, whose name was not released, and Patrick O’Neill, 29, were both found unresponsive in a bedroom of a house on the 200 block of Darek Drive on Saturday. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "Suspect in Santa Rosa toddler’s death believed to be boy’s father," 15 Sep. 2019 Russia is downplaying the importance of a man whose name has been floated as the recruit, one Oleg B. Smolenkov. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Investors Clamor for Cloudflare IPO, Despite Controversies—Cyber Saturday," 14 Sep. 2019 Money, whose real name was Edward Mahoney, performed in Central New York many times over the years. Geoff Herbert | Gherbert@syracuse.com, al, "Eddie Money dead: ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ singer dies at 70," 13 Sep. 2019 The woman, whose name has not been released, had apparently been walking southbound, facing traffic, on the edge of the northbound lane. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run near Calero Reservoir," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His dream may soon come true as the decaying hamlet is slated to be incorporated into a new settlement named after President Donald Trump. NBC News, "Meet the future residents of Trump Heights, Israel's tribute to U.S. support," 16 Sep. 2019 Roethlisberger’s injury is a reminder that reconstructive elbow surgery is named after a former pitcher, Tommy John, not a quarterback. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: TD catch by cancer survivor Quessenberry tops Week 2 NFL-San Diego highlights," 16 Sep. 2019 There's the floral noted Calvin Klein Women, the captivating Acqua Di Parma Rosa Nobile hair mist, and the ultra-calming Diana Vreeland Simply Divine Candle, just to name a few. Allure, "These Are the Best Fragrances of 2019," 16 Sep. 2019 They were said to have two children, Osama and Khairiah, named after his parents. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Saturday that Hamza bin Laden , the son of the late al-Qaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.," 15 Sep. 2019 They were said to have two children, Osama and Khairiah, named after his parents. Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "White House says the son of Osama bin Laden has been killed in a U.S. operation," 14 Sep. 2019 This Is Not America (named after the David Bowie/Pat Metheny song). Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Giuseppe Capotondi on What It's Like to Direct Mick Jagger In 'The Burnt Orange Heresy'," 13 Sep. 2019 Among them is another brand with historic links — The Tyrconnell, which is named after a racehorse that won at 100 to 1 odds at the famous Curragh racecourse in 1876, and was first made the same year. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, "The Irish whiskey revival is mixing tradition with modernity," 13 Sep. 2019 There is a street named after him on the East Side. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Book Week honors Russell Atkins, hosts Killer Mike, Soledad O’Brien and others for 10 days of literary events," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of name

Noun

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

Verb

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

Adjective

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

noun

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

name

verb

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)

name

adjective

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

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

name

noun
\ ˈnām How to pronounce name (audio) \

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!

name

verb
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.

name

adjective

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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