Definition of nominate
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
nominatableplay \ˈnä-mə-ˌnā-tə-bəl\ adjective
nominatorplay \ˈnä-mə-ˌnā-tər\ noun
nomineeplay \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.
Recent Examples of nominate from the Web
To nominate an athlete, click: www.maxpreps.com/marines.
Bush had nominated 12 ambassadors, one of whom was career.
Students are nominated to participate in the annual performing arts program which reduces economic barriers to arts access.
The students are nominated by journalism teachers or advisers.
Already, Mr. Clayton, who was nominated by President Trump in January and confirmed by the Senate on May 2, came under criticism from some Democrats over his past representation of Goldman and other corporate clients.
The SPD got a boost after nominating Martin Schulz in January as Merkel’s rival for chancellor in September’s election, but has slipped recently after several state election losses.
Botka, the 44-year-old mayor of the southern city of Szeged, was nominated in Budapest on Saturday by the congress of the Socialist Party, which governed Hungary from 2002 to 2010.
Mya Seals, assistant to the news director of WFLD-TV, nominated Manasseh for the award.
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NOMINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nominate for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of nominate for Students
: to choose as a candidate for election, appointment, or honor The parties each nominate a candidate for president.
Word Root of nominate
The Latin word nomen, meaning “name,” and its form nominis give us the root nomin. Words from the Latin nomen have something to do with names. To nominate is to name someone as a candidate for election or for an honor. Anything nominal, such as a position or office, exists in name only. A noun or pronoun in the nominative case is in the form that names the subject of a sentence, for example the pronoun I.
Legal Definition of nominate
: having a special or certain name — compare innominate
Origin and Etymology of nominate
Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare to call by name, from nomin- nomen name
Legal Definition of nominate
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 ambassadors — U.S. Constitution art. II
2 : to propose as a candidate for election to office
nomination\ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən\ play noun
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