nom·​i·​nate | \ ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce nominate (audio) \
nominated; nominating

Definition of nominate

transitive verb

1 : designate, name the first of the commonly so nominated explorers of the American Arctic— Vilhjalmur Stephansson
2a : to appoint or propose for appointment to an office or place He was nominated to the Supreme Court.
b : to propose as a candidate for election to office We expect the party to nominate him for president.
c : to propose for an honor nominate her for player of the year He was nominated for an Academy Award.
3 : to enter (a horse) in a race

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Other Words from nominate

nominatable \ ˈnä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce nominatable (audio) \ adjective
nominator \ ˈnä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce nominator (audio) \ noun
nominee \ ˌnä-​mə-​ˈnē How to pronounce nominee (audio) \ noun

Examples of nominate in a Sentence

We expect the party to nominate him for president. The President nominated her for Attorney General. Someone has to tell her the truth—I nominate you. We nominated her for player of the year.
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Recent Examples on the Web China may also be able to influence who gets to sit on the investigation team, through nominating those likely to be sympathetic to Beijing or pressuring allies to do so. James Griffiths, CNN, "China could shape any result in its favor by putting off the WHO investigation until after the pandemic," 19 May 2020 In early April, the party postponed its four-day nominating convention from mid-July to Aug 17. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Ronna McDaniel says RNC still planning at least partly in-person convention," 18 May 2020 Top Team: Fan Vote honors a successful an inspirational area program as nominated and selected by readers and fans. Usa Today High School Sports, USA TODAY, "Premier award finalists revealed for USA TODAY High School Sports Awards in Dallas," 14 May 2020 Scalia noted in his letter to the board that its members serve on expiring terms and that Trump last week nominated three replacements. Deb Riechmann,, "Trump tells federal retiree fund to scrap plan for Chinese investments," 12 May 2020 After President Trump nominated Bridenstine for the administrator position in September 2017, Bridenstine had a long wait. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A 2024 Moon landing may sound crazy, but NASA is giving its best shot," 11 May 2020 Yet on May 8, 1920 — 100 years ago Friday — Man o’ War was conspicuously absent from Churchill Downs, neither entered nor even nominated for the 46th Derby won by the gelding Paul Jones. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Potentially the greatest horse to ever race missed the Kentucky Derby 100 years ago," 7 May 2020 The game, nominated as Mobile Game of the Year by BAFTA, is available on iOs (through Apple Arcade) and Steam. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Independent Gamer: 'Arcade Spirits' Debuts on Switch, 'Fire Escape' Finds You in Lockdown," 1 May 2020 When Trump nominated Azar, the band got back together. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "No, Trump did not put a Labradoodle breeder in charge of COVID-19 response," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of nominate

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nominate

Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare, from nomin-, nomen name — more at name

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The first known use of nominate was in 1545

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22 May 2020

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“Nominate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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Financial Definition of nominee

What It Is

A nominee is a person or entity that takes possession of securities or other assets for the purpose of making transactions on behalf of the owner of the securities or other assets.

How It Works

For example, let's say that John Doe owns several positions in about 200 companies in his brokerage account. He has collected these positions over the past 10 years of his investing life, and he's ready to let someone else make the buy and sell decisions every day.

John sets up a nominee account and transfers all of his holdings to that account. In a nominee account, the shares are no longer in John's name, though he is the owner of the assets. This allows the brokerage firm to buy and sell the assets in the account without John's written permission for every trade. John still gets the dividends from the stocks, and he still gets to vote his shares when it's proxy season.

Why It Matters

Nominee transactions make transactions happen faster by allowing people or entities to act as agents for other people and thus conduct business in fewer steps.

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English Language Learners Definition of nominate

: to formally choose (someone) as a candidate for a job, position, office, etc.
: to choose (someone) for a job, position, office, etc.
: to choose (someone or something) as a candidate for receiving an honor or award


nom·​i·​nate | \ ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce nominate (audio) \
nominated; nominating

Kids Definition of nominate

: to choose as a candidate for election, appointment, or honor The parties each nominate a candidate for president.

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nom·​i·​nate | \ ˈnä-mə-nət, -ˌnāt \

Legal Definition of nominate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

in the civil law of Louisiana : having a special or certain name — compare innominate
nom·​i·​nate | \ ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce nominate (audio) \
nominated; nominating

Legal Definition of nominate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to appoint or propose for appointment to an office, position, or place if the testator has nominated an executor of the will the President…shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadorsU.S. Constitution art. II
2 : to propose as a candidate for election to office

Other Words from nominate

nomination \ ˌnä-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce nomination (audio) \ noun

History and Etymology for nominate


Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare to call by name, from nomin- nomen name

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