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 Before the Tuesday nominating contests, Biden had a lead of about 153 delegates. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Biden blowout victory in Florida leaves Sanders with no path to nomination," 17 Mar. 2020 Walker went on to have his own controversial appointment to the federal bench a few months later when President Donald Trump nominated him as a U.S. district judge. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is visiting Louisville Friday, sources say," 13 Mar. 2020 On March 14, Guam and Northern Marianas will hold their nominating contests. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Sanders and Biden to Face Off in Debate on Sunday, Amid a Winnowing Primary and COVID-19. Here's What to Know," 12 Mar. 2020 With three presidential nominating contests in the books – and one on the way this weekend – the state of the Democratic race to challenge Republican President Donald Trump has taken shape. cleveland, "Who is the Democratic front-runner in the Ohio primary?," 25 Feb. 2020 Sanders is widely viewed now as the front-runner in the Democratic field, after winning the popular vote in the first two nominating contests of Iowa and New Hampshire. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Paul Ryan says a Bernie Sanders nomination would help GOP win back the U.S. House," 21 Feb. 2020 The biggest obstacle to a moderate candidate edging out Sanders is not the opinions of Democratic voters, more than two-thirds of whom have rejected him in the two nominating contests held so far, but his opponents themselves. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "The Democratic establishment is out of time," 12 Feb. 2020 But ending the Iowa caucuses would be an equally colossal mistake, turning our future nominating contests into mini national elections powered by soulless rallies and million-dollar advertising campaigns. Charlie Szold, National Review, "Keep Politics Fun; Save the Iowa Caucuses," 11 Feb. 2020 Laura actually starred alongside her mom in Rambling Rose, and she was nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role award that year, as well. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Laura Dern's Mom? Meet Her Famous Parents, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern," 10 Feb. 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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27 Mar 2020

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“Nominate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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Financial Definition of nominee

What It Is

A nominee is a person or entity that takes possession of securities or other assets for the purpose of making transactions on behalf of the owner of the securities or other assets.

How It Works

For example, let's say that John Doe owns several positions in about 200 companies in his brokerage account. He has collected these positions over the past 10 years of his investing life, and he's ready to let someone else make the buy and sell decisions every day.

John sets up a nominee account and transfers all of his holdings to that account. In a nominee account, the shares are no longer in John's name, though he is the owner of the assets. This allows the brokerage firm to buy and sell the assets in the account without John's written permission for every trade. John still gets the dividends from the stocks, and he still gets to vote his shares when it's proxy season.

Why It Matters

Nominee transactions make transactions happen faster by allowing people or entities to act as agents for other people and thus conduct business in fewer steps.

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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


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.

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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


Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare to call by name, from nomin- nomen name

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