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name (neɪm Pronunciation for name

Definitions

noun

  1. a word or term by which a person or thing is commonly and distinctively known related adjective nominal
  2. mere outward appearance or form as opposed to fact (esp in the phrase in name)   ⇒ he was a ruler in name only
  3. a word, title, or phrase descriptive of character, usually abusive or derogatory   ⇒ to call a person names
  4. reputation, esp, if unspecified, good reputation   ⇒ he's made quite a name for himself
    1. a famous person or thing   ⇒ a name in the advertising world
    2. (mainly US & Canadian) (as modifier)   ⇒ a name product
  5. a member of Lloyd's who provides part of the capital of a syndicate and shares in its profits or losses but does not arrange its business
  6. See in the name of

  7. See in the name of

  8. See know by name

  9. See name of the game

  10. See to one's name

verb (transitive)

  1. to give a name to; call by a name   ⇒ she named the child Edward
  2. to refer to by name; cite   ⇒ he named three French poets
  3. to determine, fix, or specify   ⇒ they have named a date for the meeting
  4. to appoint to or cite for a particular title, honour, or duty; nominate   ⇒ he was named Journalist of the Year
  5. to ban (an MP) from the House of Commons by mentioning him or her formally by name as being guilty of disorderly conduct
  6. See name and shame

  7. See name names

  8. See name the day

  9. See you name it

Derived Forms

ˈnamable, ˈnameable adjective

Word Origin

Old English nama, related to Latin nomen, Greek noma, Old High German namo, German Namen

Quotations including 'name'

  • "What's in a name? That which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet" [William Shakespeare

Translations for 'name'

  • British English: namePronunciation for name The name of a person, thing, or place is the word or words that you use to identify them.He told me his name.neɪm NOUN
  • Arabic: اسمٌPronunciation for اسمٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: nomePronunciation for nome
  • Chinese: 名字Pronunciation for 名字
  • Croatian: imePronunciation for ime
  • Czech: jménoPronunciation for jméno
  • Danish: navnPronunciation for navn
  • Dutch: naamPronunciation for naam
  • European Spanish: nombrePronunciation for nombre
  • Finnish: nimiPronunciation for nimi
  • French: nomPronunciation for nompropre
  • German: NamePronunciation for Name
  • Greek: όνομαPronunciation for όνομα
  • Italian: nomePronunciation for nome
  • Japanese: 名前Pronunciation for 名前
  • Korean: 이름Pronunciation for 이름
  • Norwegian: navnPronunciation for navn
  • Polish: imięPronunciation for imię
  • Portuguese: nomePronunciation for nome
  • Romanian: nume nume
  • Russian: имяPronunciation for имя
  • Spanish: nombrePronunciation for nombre
  • Swedish: namnPronunciation for namn
  • Thai: ชื่อPronunciation for ชื่อ
  • Turkish: adPronunciation for adkişi
  • Ukrainian: ім'я
  • Vietnamese: tênPronunciation for tên

Example Sentences Including 'name'

Friends, nothing gives politics a worse name than a Taoiseach who pretends that no hard choices have to be made by our citizens.
Irish Times (2002)
He orders chicken liver parfait, steak and chips called by some posh name , sorbet, and espresso coffee.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
I recognised the name on the cover: it was a company Jamie had been looking into, in relation to the African arms trade.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
Innovations created in the Queen's name have also changed the history of rose horticulture.
Country Life (2004)
The policeman told me to wait there until my name was called, then walked off.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
They tossed a coin to decide which name should appear first in the title.
Irish Times (2002)
To empathize with ourselves and with others we have to be able to feel our feelings fully and to name our feelings truthfully.
Dorothy Rowe BEYOND FEAR (2002)
Two thirds of interviewees could not name a female politician who championed women's issues.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
What he took to be an American voice said,'My name is John Blake.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)

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