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 the Emmys are also unpredictable and sometimes the best web series doesn't get nominated. Rebecca Farley,, "An Emmy For Megan," 12 July 2018 Nearly every regular cast member was nominated at one point or another; however, the only one to win was Maggie Smith for her supporting role as Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "Crawley family reunion time! The 'Downton Abbey' movie is happening," 13 July 2018 The Academy announced its diversity initiative in 2016 to double membership of women and minorities by 2020 after it was heavily criticized for only nominating white actors for two consecutive years, sparking the #OscarsSoWhite movement. Piya Sinha-roy,, "Emilia Clarke, Timothée Chalamet, Tiffany Haddish among record 928 Academy invitees," 25 June 2018 That changed this year when Rae — who created, writes, and stars in the show — was finally nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series., "Issa Rae Finally Got An Emmy Nod & I Can't Stop Crying," 12 July 2018 The massive compound was already listed on the National Register and had just been nominated for the city’s Historic Register, when developer Ori Feibush bought the property for $15.5 million. Inga Saffron,, "A tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball.," 12 July 2018 Also Monday, the council postponed voting to approve the appointment of Claudine Fox, who was nominated by the Working Families Party to fill the seat vacated by former councilwoman Cynthia Jennings. Matthew Ormseth,, "Hartford Council Approves Sale Of Blighted North End Property, Tax Agreement For Hydroponics Company," 10 July 2018 The top two candidates in each party primary get onto the general election ballot, and these three will be joined by Thomas Ashwell, a public defender, who was nominated by the Libertarian Party. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Adkins-Tobin gets on November ballot to oppose sitting judges," 28 June 2018 Oh made history as the first woman of Asian descent ever nominated for best leading actress in a drama series. Anna Millard,, "Ellen Pompeo’s Reaction To Sandra Oh’s Emmy Nom Has Grey’s Fans Celebrating," 14 July 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

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

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