nom·​i·​na·​tion | \ ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce nomination (audio) \

Definition of nomination

1 : the act, process, or an instance of nominating
2 : the state of being nominated

Examples of nomination in a Sentence

We expect him to get the Democratic nomination. Membership is by nomination only. The novel earned a nomination for the National Book Award. The film received five Academy Award nominations. The nominations for the Academy Awards have been announced.
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Recent Examples on the Web This is precisely why Ronald Reagan extolled the spirit of immigrants in his speech accepting the 1980 Republican nomination for the presidency. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 29 July 2021 At the same time, DeSantis’ popularity within the GOP ranks has grown and has become a top choice for Republicans for the 2024 nomination, if former President Donald Trump doesn’t run himself. Gray Rohrer,, 29 July 2021 The Judiciary Committee probably won’t take up the nomination until at least September., 28 July 2021 Since winning the nomination, Youngkin has repeatedly said Biden was legitimately elected, according to a fact check done by the Poynter Institute's PolitiFact. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, 27 July 2021 King and Manchin signaled earlier this month that they hadn't been sold on Chipman's nomination. Manu Raju, Betsy Klein And Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 26 July 2021 Trump and other Cheney critics worry that a splintered field gives her a clear shot at winning the nomination and reelection, and are looking for a way to winnow the field. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2021 In 2016, Trump easily bested the competition in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, launching him towards the Republican nomination and eventually the White House. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 25 July 2021 The original Gotti was met with acclaim from critics and the industry, with Robert Harmon receiving a Director's Guild of America nomination for his work on the film in addition to Assante's aforementioned recognition. Joey Nolfi,, 24 July 2021

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First Known Use of nomination

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nomination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nomination

: the act of formally choosing someone as a candidate for a job, position, office, etc.
: the act of choosing someone for a job, position, office, etc.
: the act of choosing someone or something as a candidate for receiving an honor or award


nom·​i·​na·​tion | \ ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce nomination (audio) \

Kids Definition of nomination

: the act or an instance of choosing as a candidate for election, appointment, or honor The Senate has to approve the nomination.


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