nom·i·na·tion | \ ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən \

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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In 1976, Jimmy Carter won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in New York., "This day in history," 14 July 2018 Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, on Friday urged Scott to issue an executive order hiring companies to remove algae on the lake’s surface. Jim Turner,, "Herbert Hoover Dike repairs get $514.2 million boost in federal funding," 6 July 2018 State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks won the Democratic nomination for County Executive in a race against former Congresswoman Donna Edwards., "Primaries Yield Big Electoral Wins For Black Women, Men And People Of Color Nationwide," 28 June 2018 Despite being a first-time political candidate, Jealous dominated a crowded fight for the Democratic nomination, decimating a wide range of political veterans including a former adviser to Hillary Clinton and a Maryland state senator. Li Zhou, Vox, "Maryland could elect its first African-American governor this fall," 27 June 2018 Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, endorsed Brent Welder for the Democratic nomination in Kansas’ 3rd congressional district. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Bernie Sanders wades into race against Yoder, endorses former delegate Welder," 25 June 2018 In November, Arrington faces construction lawyer and yoga studio owner Joe Cunningham, who won the Democratic nomination. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "Arrington won’t drop out of US House race after crash," 25 June 2018 Conyers' signatures were challenged on behalf of his cousin, state Sen. Ian Conyers, D-Detroit, who is also running for the Democratic nomination. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Court of Appeals makes it final: Conyers' son off ballot," 12 June 2018 Experts differ about whether Kennedy would have beat out Vice President Hubert Humphrey for the Democratic presidential nomination and gone on to capture the White House over Republican Richard Nixon. George Skelton,, "How Robert F. Kennedy's assassination altered California politics," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of nomination

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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