nominate

verb

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

transitive verb

1
: designate, name
the first of the commonly so nominated explorers of the American ArcticVilhjalmur Stephansson
2
a
: 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
nominatable adjective
nominator noun
nominee 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 Bertinelli, 64, was nominated as an outstanding culinary host for her work on Valerie's Home Cooking. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 10 June 2024 Witherspoon, who Strayed recalled just laughed off the whispers, was nominated for a 2015 Oscar for her portrayal of Strayed. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2024 Kelly Price, a nine-time Grammy Award nominated R&B and gospel singer, is scheduled to deliver the highlight performance of the evening. J.m. Banks, Kansas City Star, 9 June 2024 The documentary was not nominated for an Oscar, but was named to the Oscar shortlist. New York Times, 9 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for nominate 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nominate was in 1545

Dictionary Entries Near nominate

Cite this Entry

“Nominate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nominate. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

nominate

verb
nom·​i·​nate ˈnäm-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce nominate (audio)
nominated; nominating
: to choose as a candidate for election, appointment, or honor
especially : to propose for office
nominated a senator for president
nominator noun

Legal Definition

nominate

1 of 2 adjective
nom·​i·​nate
ˈnä-mə-nət, -ˌnāt
in the civil law of Louisiana : having a special or certain name compare innominate

nominate

2 of 2 transitive verb
nom·​i·​nate ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce nominate (audio)
nominated; nominating
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
nomination noun
Etymology

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

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