put a name to (someone or something)

idiom

: to think of and say the name of (someone or something)
Can you put a name to the face in this photograph?
I couldn't put a name to the emotion I was feeling.

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Recent Examples on the Web After years of combing through military records and making some key deductions, a team of U.S. government historians and researchers has finally put a name to case file X-3212, identifying a 20-year-old Army private from eastern New Mexico named Homer Mitchell who died during World War II. CBS News, 21 Dec. 2023 Across languages, people have sought to put a name to that feeling. The New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2023 In all the press describing that day in Newport, R.I., and for years afterward, almost no one put a name to the dress. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2023 Though such terms can be validating for people who can now put a name to an experience, therapy-speak can eliminate all nuance from a conversation. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2023 Calls for such bans aren’t surprising, especially those aimed at systems that put a name to pictures of otherwise unknown suspects. Brian E. Finch, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2020 The two samples matched and police in East Haven were finally able to put a name to Jane Doe: Patricia Meleady Newsom. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 18 Apr. 2023 Global Covid-19 cases have now surpassed 250 million, just a year and eight months after the World Health Organization put a name to the coronavirus pandemic. Aj Willingham, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 Glad to help law enforcement generate leads and, in some instances, put a name to a face, Koppelman was almost always an unpaid volunteer. Longreads, 9 Sep. 2021 See More

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“Put a name to (someone or something).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20a%20name%20to%20%28someone%20or%20something%29. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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