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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Recent Examples on the Web After a career as a prosecutor and defense attorney, she had been nominated by the state’s Republican governor, Charlie Baker, as an associate justice of the Framingham District Court, hearing misdemeanors and minor felonies. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "When the Judge Became the Defendant," 16 Nov. 2019 They are nominated by presidents, pass through confirmation by the Senate, and serve at the pleasure of whichever president is in office. BostonGlobe.com, "Hearings underscore the pressure on career officials struggling to serve under Trump - The Boston Globe," 16 Nov. 2019 It was nominated for seven Tony Awards and 10 Drama Desk Awards. cleveland, "Cain Park 2020 musicals announced: Press Run," 15 Nov. 2019 She was nominated in the best actress category for Bridget Jones's Diary and Chicago. Annie Howard, The Hollywood Reporter, "Renée Zellweger Found Judy Garland's Essence Through "Little Experiments"," 15 Nov. 2019 They're also nominated for two awards this year, favorite duo or group - pop/rock and favorite song - pop/rock. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Jonas Brothers Added to 2019 American Music Awards Performance Lineup," 15 Nov. 2019 Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, the fifth person to head the agency under Trump, won Senate approval Wednesday as undersecretary for policy, the job for which he was nominated months ago. Washington Post, "New acting DHS head takes over; hard-liner named as deputy," 14 Nov. 2019 It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in total, including Best Musical. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Tootsie to close on Broadway in January," 12 Nov. 2019 Sondland still has a financial interest in the company but stepped down from a controlling position after he was nominated as ambassador. oregonlive, "Gordon Sondland had influence on Capitol Hill long before he became ambassador, campaign contributions show," 8 Nov. 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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The first known use of nominate was in 1545

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21 Nov 2019

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“Nominate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nominating. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for nominate

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
How to pronounce nominate (audio)

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
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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