nom·​i·​nate | \ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt \
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 \ adjective
nominator \ ˈnä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər \ noun
nominee \ ˌnä-​mə-​ˈnē \ 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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For a more refined dining experience, make a reservation at Ardent; the tiny restaurant tucked beneath an apartment building that offers an ever-changing tasting menu and has been nominated for several James Beard awards, including one this year. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Why Milwaukee, Wisconsin Is the Midwest’s Coolest (and Most Underrated) City," 10 July 2018 Qualcomm is adding the two new board members after former Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs was not nominated for re-election to the company’s board in March. Mike Freeman,, "Qualcomm names leaders from Ford, Comcast to its board of directors," 27 June 2018 That’s technically true, but slightly misleading: Judicial candidates are nominated by the party. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "An Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reading List," 10 July 2018 Those aides include Wheeler, who was confirmed as deputy administrator in mid-April and will be acting administrator for months (and could become the new chief, if Trump nominates him). Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The new EPA chief has his first controversy.," 6 July 2018 That time can be extended longer depending on when Trump decides to nominate a replacement. Niina Heikkinen, Scientific American, "Environmental Advocates Will Keep Pressure on Pruitt's Successor at EPA," 6 July 2018 Born in New Jersey, Kethledge joined the 6th Circuit in 2008 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Dan Horn,, "Cincinnati and the Supreme Court: Two judges here are on Trump's list for high court," 28 June 2018 Jim Carroll, a former deputy White House chief of staff, has been serving as acting drug czar since Trump announced his intent to nominate him to lead ONDCP in February. Lev Facher, STAT, "Empty desks, squabbles, inexperienced staff: Exactly who is coordinating White House drug policy?," 18 June 2018 President Donald Trump made a bit of history Thursday by nominating the first woman ever to be the U.S. attorney in South Florida. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Trump nominates first woman ever to be U.S. attorney in South Florida," 7 June 2018

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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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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 \
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


transitive verb
nom·​i·​nate | \ˈnä-mə-ˌnāt \
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 \ noun

History and Etymology for nominate


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

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