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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web To nominate a rising high school junior or senior for the 2021-2022 Saltzman Youth Panel, contact Anna Novik at anovik@jcfcleve.org or 216-593-2844. cleveland, 4 June 2021 For each vacancy, a congressperson may nominate up to 10 people. Meena Venkataramanan, The Arizona Republic, 31 May 2021 And anyone — from employees and CEOs to retirees or customers — can nominate a workplace at www.freep.com/nominate or by calling 313-887-0471. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 30 May 2021 How about nominate the most anti-gun zealot ever to head the 5,100-employee Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Restaurants can nominate themselves for consideration, but the public is also invited to submit establishments for recognition. Charles Passy, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Patients or consumer advocates could also nominate drugs for review. Markian Hawryluk, Fortune, 24 May 2021 Biden is expected to nominate David Weil, who was chief of the wage and hour division under President Obama, to resume his old job. Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 He is expected to nominate his first slate of high-profile ambassadors at some point in the coming days, according to people familiar with the matter. Kevin Liptak, Kaitlan Collins And Jeff Zeleny, CNN, 22 May 2021

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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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“Nominate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nominate. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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nominate

verb

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.

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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