nominate

verb
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 Trump reportedly intends to nominate Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to replace Berman, although whether that is happening is unclear given Graham’s comments on the matter. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Lindsey Graham says he won’t take up Southern District of New York pick without approval from Schumer and Gillibrand," 20 June 2020 Barr said Trump intends to nominate Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to the post. Michael Balsamo And Colleen Long, USA TODAY, "US attorney who oversaw prosecution of Trump allies steps down," 20 June 2020 After Barr's announcement late Friday, the White House followed up with an official statement that Trump intends to nominate Clayton, of New York, to replace Berman for a four-year term. Fox News, "Graham says he won't advance Trump nominee for SDNY prosecutor without Schumer, Gillibrand consent," 20 June 2020 However, a hint of his unpopularity can be found in the fact that people are queuing for hours to nominate someone else as a presidential candidate. The Economist, "Miffed in Minsk Waving slippers at the “cockroach” president of Belarus," 20 June 2020 The White House never said why Trump didn't formally nominate Berman. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Administration tries to oust US attorney investigating Trump allies, but he won’t go," 20 June 2020 Tauzin and Whitehead said no meeting was held to nominate, much less elect, Lee and John. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Ex-boss of San Antonio’s CaptureRx’s may return as consultant," 19 June 2020 The governments of Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina didn’t know in advance about the US plan to nominate Claver-Carone, according to people familiar with the process. Ben Bartenstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump uses Latin America split to boost ally to top bank job," 18 June 2020 Youngblood’s argument is a semi-counter to a campaign for Biden to nominate a black vice presidential running mate. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "“You are never stuck”: How to find job satisfaction in an age of upheaval," 16 June 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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25 Jun 2020

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“Nominate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nominate. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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nominee

noun

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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nominate

verb
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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

nominate

verb
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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nominate

adjective
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

Adjective

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

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