re·​name (ˌ)rē-ˈnām How to pronounce rename (audio)
renamed; renaming

transitive verb

: to give (someone or something) a new name
renamed the street in honor of the late mayor
… a 16-year-old who left the Orthodox life a year ago. He has renamed himself Adam to cement the break …Ron Kampeas
The program was actually a relatively simple … script that renames files on your hard drive …Michael J. Miller

Examples of rename in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Originally named for Plaza developer J.C. Nichols, the fountain was renamed in 2020 after widespread criticism of Nichols’ racist housing restrictions. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 6 June 2024 Since 1985 the company has sold computers directly to consumers; it was renamed Dell Technologies in 1987. Eva Roytburg, Fortune, 4 June 2024 Mall of the Americas era: The complex was renamed Mall of the Americas on June 11, 1987. Howard Cohen, Miami Herald, 3 June 2024 The team, which will be renamed, will begin play next season in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, home of one of the Smiths’ other teams, the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. Ken Belson, New York Times, 2 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for rename 

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rename was in 1579

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Cite this Entry

“Rename.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to give a new name to
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