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 Since he was nominated as the Department of Energy’s Undersecretary for Science in July 2017, Paul Dabbar has spent much of the past three years working on maximizing the efforts of the DOE's national labs. Fox News, "DOE Undersecretary for Science talks investing in Antarctica, national lab system and more: Q&A," 11 Feb. 2020 It was nominated for best visual effects in 2016 for Kubo and the Two Strings. oregonlive, "No Oscar for Hillsboro studio Laika; ‘Toy Story 4’ wins Academy Award for best animated feature," 10 Feb. 2020 Since he was nominated for his job in November 2017, Mr. Powell has met individually at least once with 76 of 100 sitting senators. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "With Easy Demeanor, Powell Cultivates Allies on Capitol Hill," 9 Feb. 2020 At the 1963 Academy Awards, when you were nominated, there were a lot of glamorous people there that night. Matt Wake |, al, "Scout shares her ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ movie secrets," 6 Feb. 2020 He was nominated for 24 Emmy Awards, winning six times, and his series were known for looking at serious problems — without sacrificing warmth or humor. Chris Koseluk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Gene Reynolds, Creative Architect Behind 'M*A*S*H' and 'Lou Grant,' Dies at 96," 5 Feb. 2020 Billie Eilish is taking awards season by storm, even at shows where she’s not nominated for anything. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Billie Eilish is Performing a Special Set at the Oscars and Fans Think She'll Be Premiering a New Song," 30 Jan. 2020 He was nominated for the Broyles Award, which is given to the top assistant coach in the nation. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Meet the new members of the Texas Longhorns 2020 football coaching staff," 22 Jan. 2020 It was nominated for 10 Oscars in total, including best cinematography for the work of Roger Deakins, who won the same award two years ago for Blade Runner 2049. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The Oscar for best picture now has a clear frontrunner," 19 Jan. 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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18 Feb 2020

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“Nominate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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