nom·​i·​nate | \ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt \
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 \ adjective
nominator \ˈnä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər \ noun
nominee \ˌnä-​mə-​ˈnē \ 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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But one big question, one young person said, is what nominating Kavanaugh to the court would say to young boys across the country. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Young People Respond to Brett Kavanaugh Hearings," 29 Sep. 2018 Similarly, Republican President Donald Trump this July nominated Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "In the Age of #MeToo, Will Christine Blasey Ford’s Experience Be the Same as Anita Hill’s?," 17 Sep. 2018 Each praised Trump’s decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and criticized Warren’s opposition as a knee-jerk liberal reaction. Steve Leblanc, The Seattle Times, "Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to face GOP’s Geoff Diehl," 4 Sep. 2018 But the timing was swift, coming just days after Trump nominated Kavanaugh for the seat to be vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tammy Baldwin to oppose U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 12 July 2018 Bush nominated Kavanaugh to the federal appeals court in Washington in 2003, but Democrats blocked his confirmation for three years. Author: Greg Stohr And Andrew Harris, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is a Washington insider and regulation skeptic," 10 July 2018 Amal Thapar passed up for SCOTUS President Donald Trump on Monday night nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Washington insider, to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Supreme Court nominee, rape kits and rent: What to know Tuesday," 10 July 2018 On Monday night, President Trump nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "With Brett Kavanaugh on the Court, Every Single Justice Will Have Attended Harvard or Yale," 10 July 2018 Trump nominated Neal Gorsuch, a former Kennedy clerk, to replace Scalia shortly after assuming office. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump’s relationship with Justice Kennedy sounds shady in this new report.," 29 June 2018

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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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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 \
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


transitive verb
nom·​i·​nate | \ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt \
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 \ noun

History and Etymology for nominate


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

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