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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The manager and coaching staff from each of the six AFL teams nominate one player for the award. Kyle Brown, The Enquirer, 16 July 2021 The adulation from both her guests and her teammates has been such that her spa director, Shane Bird, felt moved to nominate her for the recognition sponsored by the Forbes Travel Guide. Micah Solomon, Forbes, 15 June 2021 During President Jimmy Carter’s administration from 1977 to 1981, Mr. Huron was a White House adviser, leading efforts to nominate female and minority candidates for federal judgeships. Washington Post, 13 June 2021 Seriously, just go ahead and nominate them for all the awards. Analysis Lisa Respers France, CNN, 5 June 2021 Main Street Wadsworth is honored to nominate Dr. Carrino for this prestigious award. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 4 June 2021 Each team will nominate one player from its roster for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award, the winner being chosen by a committee of NBA legends, league executives and leaders in the social justice movement. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 Coaches may nominate players at dhinojosa@express-news.net. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, 3 May 2021 He is expected to nominate Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India. Jennifer Hansler, CNN, 2 July 2021

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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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“Nominate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nominate. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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nominate

verb

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

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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