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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Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, is expected to attend, Pastor Arthur Price said. al, "Sixteenth Street Baptist updates memorial; Biden to attend opening," 9 Sep. 2019 Elsewhere, Joe Biden's memory proved to be particularly untrustworthy, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is shrinking, and the Republican race is … a thing that exists, kind of. Wired, "While You Were Offline: Could a Nuclear Bomb Stop a Hurricane?," 1 Sep. 2019 Harper was likewise recognized by her peers, earning yearly Primetime Emmy nominations between 1971 and 1978. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "For a Generation, Valerie Harper's Rhoda Defined Imaginative Boho Style," 31 Aug. 2019 Among the Democrats vying for the party’s presidential nomination, Biden is in the lead with the support of 32 percent of Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic, according to Wednesday’s poll. Russell Blair,, "Q Poll: Five Democrats top Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups," 28 Aug. 2019 Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, says that being a big company is a privilege, not a right. The Economist, "Big business is beginning to accept broader social responsibilities," 22 Aug. 2019 The profanities deployed by the candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination suggest performance. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Currency of Profanity," 9 Aug. 2019 The former president has typically steered clear of wading into politics, even declining to endorse his former vice president, Joe Biden, in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Felicia Sonmez, Anchorage Daily News, "Obama calls on country to reject words from leaders that feed fear and hatred," 5 Aug. 2019 Every senator competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination has signed on as a co-sponsor. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Is Paid Family Leave Conservative?," 25 July 2019

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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 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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