verb (used with object), named, nam·ing.
- personally; individually: She was always careful to address every employee by name.
- not personally; by repute: I know him by name only.
- with appeal to: In the name of mercy, stop that screaming!
- by the authority of: Open, in the name of the law!
- on behalf of: to purchase something in the name of another.
- under the name or possession of: money deposited in the name of a son.
- under the designation or excuse of: murder in the name of justice.
Origin of name
Synonyms for name
Related Words for namedtitled, appointed, specified, termed, dubbed, denominated, designated, labeled, christened, called, entitled, declared, sanctioned, elected, chosen, selected, authorized, ordained, favored, preferred
Examples from the Web for named
Contemporary Examples of named
The third suspect, an 18-year-old named Hamyd Mourad, who turned himself in, is part of the same extended family.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
In 1989, a newly registered Republican in Louisiana named David Duke won his only election by a fluke.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
In his statement, Rigi named Naser Boledi as a main mediator between him and representatives of NATO.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
El Bulli, for instance, previously named the best restaurant in the world, shuttered its doors after only a few decades.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
News reports in the region recently named him as the Islamic State-appointed governor or wali of Khorasan.ISIS Targets Afghanistan Just as the U.S. Quits
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of named
You were our only child; named Artaminta, in remembrance of my mother.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
They studied the heavens and named the twelve signs of the Zodiak.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
I named it the Alexander Spring, after my brother, who discovered it.
I have since learnt that these ranges were seen by Mr. Giles, and were named the Warburton Ranges.
You can come on board as much earlier as you like, but I have named the latest time.Life in London
- a famous person or thinga name in the advertising world
- mainly US and Canadian(as modifier)a name product
- for the sake of
- by the sanction or authority of
- anything that is essential, significant, or important
- expected or normal conditions, circumstances, etcin gambling, losing money's the name of the game
Word Origin for name
Old English nama, noma "name, reputation," from Proto-Germanic *namon (cf. Old Saxon namo, Old Frisian nama, Old High German namo, German Name, Middle Dutch name, Dutch naam, Old Norse nafn, Gothic namo "name"), from PIE *nomn- (cf. Sanskrit nama; Avestan nama; Greek onoma, onyma; Latin nomen; Old Church Slavonic ime, genitive imene; Russian imya; Old Irish ainm; Old Welsh anu "name").
Meaning "famous person" is from 1610s. Meaning "one's reputation" is from c.1300. As a modifier meaning "well-known," first attested 1938. Name brand is from 1944; name-calling attested from 1846; name-dropper first recorded 1947. name-tag is from 1903; name-child attested from 1845. The name of the game "the essential thing or quality" is from 1966; to have one's name in lights "be a famous performer" is from 1929.
He who once a good name gets,
May piss a bed, and say he sweats.
["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
Old English namian "to name, call; nominate, appoint," from source of name (n.). Related: Named; naming.
In addition to the idioms beginning with name
- name after
- name is mud, one's
- name names
- name of the game, the
- name the day
- call names
- clear one's name
- drop names
- give a bad name
- go by (the name of)
- handle to one's name
- in name only
- in the name of
- make a name for oneself
- on a first-name basis
- take someone's name in vain
- to one's name
- worthy of the name
- you name it