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

Other Words from nominate

nominatable \ ˈnä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce nominate (audio) \ adjective
nominator \ ˈnä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce nominate (audio) \ noun
nominee \ ˌnä-​mə-​ˈnē How to pronounce nominate (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Then Larry tweeted, incessantly, at the new president’s sons, flaunting his Safari Club experience in a plea for their father to nominate him as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Matt Sullivan, Rolling Stone, 2 July 2022 That spotlight grew even brighter when it was revealed that President Joe Biden would nominate her as the first Black woman to sit on the nation's high court. Monica Dunn, ABC News, 29 June 2022 Will Republicans nominate her to run elections in Colorado? New York Times, 26 June 2022 Lee's long resume of community service was documented in a letter signed by 33 members of Congress to nominate her for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 19 June 2022 If so, click here to nominate yourself or someone else to the list. Samantha Todd, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Using the form below, nominate them for the Top Nurses Award 2022. Brenda Cain, cleveland, 6 May 2022 She was confirmed by the Senate in April after her nomination in February, which fulfilled Biden's campaign promise to nominate a Black woman to the Court. Sam Reed, Glamour, 30 June 2022 Shapiro also criticized President Joe Biden’s vow to nominate a Black woman to the nation’s highest court. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 7 June 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for nominate

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.

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

nominate

transitive verb
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 nominate (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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