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

Other Words from nominate

nominatable \ ˈnä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce nominate (audio) \ adjective
nominator \ ˈnä-​mə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce nominate (audio) \ noun
nominee \ ˌnä-​mə-​ˈnē How to pronounce nominate (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.
Recent Examples on the Web In choosing Judge Jackson, President Biden followed through on a campaign promise to nominate a Black woman for the Supreme Court. New York Times, 20 Mar. 2022 President Biden made a campaign promise in 2020 to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 25 Feb. 2022 The departure gives President Biden the opportunity to deliver on his promise to nominate the court’s first Black woman. Tarini Parti, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 The Australian Republic Movement has tried to build support since then for another model in which the legislatures of each of the eight states or territories would nominate a candidate for head of state, who would then face off in a national vote. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022 To nominate candidates, please email Glenn Graham at ggraham@baltsun.com by 6 p.m. Sunday with details about the student-athlete’s performance from the past week. Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 13 Sep. 2022 Bloss, who represents the party, has said state law grants great discretion to how minor parties nominate candidates. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 9 Sep. 2022 The answer is that Democrats want Republicans to pass over Mr. Morse and nominate Don Bolduc, who has a history of flirting with conspiracy theories. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 Lynskey could also essentially be the representative for Yellowjackets, a show the Academy liked enough to nominate for Outstanding Drama Series but that probably won't win anything else. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for nominate

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

nominate

transitive verb
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 nominate (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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