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
Examples from the Web for names
Contemporary Examples of names
“Metaphors have always been the best way of explaining things,” Senhor José says in All the Names.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
When he was first incarcerated, he says some sort of paperwork snafu had him imprisoned under two different, but similar, names.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
A few Republicans, such as Christie and Walker, made their names battling the unions.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Oskar Schindler—these names come readily to mind when we think of heroes of conscience.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
“I was amazed that they were already familiar with the names of big designers like Christian Dior,” says Baek.North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into the Hermit Kingdom
December 22, 2014
Historical Examples of names
Their names often signified some quality of a horse; as Leucippus, a white horse, &c.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I was rather at a loss for names of reference to these parts.
And then a history, distinguishing the books by the names of their subjects.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
She had just taken the class, and was so unfortunate as not to be acquainted with their names.
I tried to get their names yesterday, but soon saw that they were not in the mood to help me.
- 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