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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The San Diego Union-Tribune is extending its search for the best places to work in the county until Aug. 10 for nomination submissions. U-t Staff,, "Top Workplaces deadline is extended," 12 July 2018 Included in the twelve nominations are two nods for Drag Race's after-show Untucked. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Snags 12 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 This is the seventh nomination for Dinklage (who won in both 2011 and 2015) and the very first for Coster-Waldau. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Game of Thrones' Lannisters Ruled Over the 2018 Emmy Nominations With an Iron Fist," 12 July 2018 Senator Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat, said during confirmation hearings in 2004 on Kavanaugh’s nomination as a judge to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Matt Viser,, "For questions of presidential power, Brett Kavanaugh has several answers," 14 July 2018 In addition, by a 50-42 percent margin, voters say the Senate should vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination before the midterms. Dana Blanton, Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Jury's out on Kavanaugh, voters want Senate vote before midterms," 13 July 2018 With Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the balance of powers is set to shift heavily rightward – with potentially dire consequences for women’s rights. Jill Filipovic, Time, "It's Naive to Think a Conservative Supreme Court Wouldn't Target Roe v. Wade," 12 July 2018 At a time when Hollywood is reckoning with calls for greater inclusivity, the historic aspect of Oh’s nomination serves as another sobering reminder of the industry’s deep-rooted diversity problem. Yvonne Villarreal,, "The complete list of 2018 Emmy nominees," 12 July 2018 Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination turns the counterargument into the central argument and redefines the mission of the Court. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh and the new judicial activism," 12 July 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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