nominate

verb nom·i·nate \ ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt \
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of nominate

nominated; nominating
transitive verb
1 :designate, name
  • the first of the commonly so nominated explorers of the American Arctic
  • —Vilhjalmur Stephansson
2 a :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

nominatable

play \ˈnä-mə-ˌnā-tə-bəl\ adjective

nominator

play \ˈnä-mə-ˌnā-tər\ noun

nominee

play \ˌnä-mə-ˈnē\ noun

Examples of nominate in a Sentence

  1. We expect the party to nominate him for president.

  2. The President nominated her for Attorney General.

  3. Someone has to tell her the truth—I nominate you.

  4. We nominated her for player of the year.

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Origin and Etymology of nominate

Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare, from nomin-, nomen name — more at name


Financial Definition of NOMINATE

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.


NOMINATE Defined for English Language Learners

nominate

verb

Definition of nominate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

nominate

verb nom·i·nate \ ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt \

Definition of nominate for Students

nominated; nominating
:to choose as a candidate for election, appointment, or honor
  • The parties each nominate a candidate for president.

Word Root of nominate

The Latin word nomen, meaning “name,” and its form nominis give us the root nomin. Words from the Latin nomen have something to do with names. To nominate is to name someone as a candidate for election or for an honor. Anything nominal, such as a position or office, exists in name only. A noun or pronoun in the nominative case is in the form that names the subject of a sentence, for example the pronoun I.


Law Dictionary

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nominate

adjective nom·i·nate \ ˈnä-mə-nət, -ˌnāt \

legal Definition of nominate

in the civil law of Louisiana :having a special or certain name — compare innominate

Origin and Etymology of nominate

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


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nominate

transitive verb nom·i·nate \ ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt \

legal Definition of nominate

nominated; nominating
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 ambassadors
  • U.S. Constitution art. II
2 :to propose as a candidate for election to office

nomination

play \ˌnä-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun


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