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 nominatable (audio) \ adjective
nominator \ ˈnä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce nominator (audio) \ noun
nominee \ ˌnä-​mə-​ˈnē How to pronounce nominee (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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Over his career, Lear has been nominated 15 times, winning four Emmys for All in the Family: two in 1971 and again in 1972 and 1973. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Norman Lear Becomes Oldest Winner Ever at 97," 15 Sep. 2019 He has been nominated for a Grammy for a children's album and has written music for several TV shows. Mike Oliver | Moliver@al.com, al, "Top 7 underrated artists, albums and songs from the My Vinyl Countdown collection," 14 Sep. 2019 Over the course of its 22-season run, South Park has been nominated for 18 Emmys, winning four statues, including Outstanding Animated Program in 2013, 2009, 2007, and 2005. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "South Park renewed for three more seasons," 12 Sep. 2019 The poet, writer and social justice activist has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry and studied the saint and mystic Teresa de Avila. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Vote for your favorite 'High Art' billboard in Central Indiana," 3 Sep. 2019 Determining which performances were under-acknowledged is always tricky, so my standard of measurement here is that the performance cannot have been nominated for an Emmy. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "The greatest overlooked TV performances of the last 20 years," 30 Aug. 2019 For now, Hoskin has nominated Kim Teehee, the tribe’s current vice president of government relations, to serve as the delegate. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Cherokee Nation aims to send first delegate to Congress, citing past treaties," 29 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Cher has never been nominated, despite selling as many as 100 million records during her career. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame debate: Cher vs Tina Turner," 28 Aug. 2019 Talbott received a certificate of appreciation from SPD and has been nominated for the department's lifesaving medal, which will be presented at an awards ceremony next summer, the post said. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Watch: CPR training pays off for Kentucky police during crisis situation," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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nominee

noun

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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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.

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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 nomination (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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