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 On July 8th the window for members to nominate the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) closed. The Economist, "Global trade The race to lead the WTO begins," 11 July 2020 Barr says Trump intends to nominate Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to the post. Michael Balsamo, BostonGlobe.com, "US attorney who oversaw cases of allies of President Trump abruptly steps down," 20 June 2020 The party could remain in Charlotte for the summer business meeting scheduled for the week leading up to the convention, after which delegates would travel to the new site for the four-day celebration to nominate Trump. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Republicans in multiple states battle to lure GOP convention after party exits Charlotte," 3 June 2020 Barr had announced that the president intended to nominate Jay Clayton, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, as Berman’s permanent replacement. Benjamin Weiser, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump fired her boss. Now she is taking cases that incensed White House.," 21 June 2020 One possible arrangement is that RNC members, state chairmen and two delegates from each state would meet in Charlotte and formally nominate Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, according to people familiar with the planning. Jennifer Jacobs, Fortune, "RNC likely will hold part of August convention in Jacksonville," 10 June 2020 To nominate a healthcare worker, make a public post on Instagram or Twitter, using hashtags #StandingDoughnation and #Promotion and by following and tagging @Entenmanns. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Free donuts for National Donut Day! Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ extend food holiday with freebies," 1 June 2020 One controversial element of the law is that the city's leader is to nominate select judges to hear national security cases. James Griffiths, CNN, "Defiance and fear as Hong Kong settles into new normal after China-backed law takes hold," 2 July 2020 Noted local sports sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards spoke to Ostler about his plans to nominate former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a Nobel Peace Prize. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Newsom orders more closures ahead of holiday weekend," 2 July 2020

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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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31 Jul 2020

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“Nominate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nominate. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for nominate

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.

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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