verb (used with object), named, nam·ing.
- namas kar,
- name after,
- name day,
- name is mud, one's,
- name names,
- name of the game
- 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
Examples from the Web for naming
The victim, whom The Daily Beast is not naming, asked what Williams wanted and the pastor allegedly “reached in and grabbed him.”Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Naming a movement or giving it a single symbol is a natural way of recognizing this emerging power.
Obama says there has to be a political solution in Iraq, and naming a new prime minister was part of it—but only the beginning.The New Iraq War Could Be Won or Lost This Month by Baghdad Politics|Bartle Bull|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In July, Nike announced it was naming one of its new buildings after her in Shanghai.Tennis Star Li Na Says Goodbye to the Court…and Puts the Sport’s Rise in Asia in Question|Nicholas McCarvel|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After all, his next project is naming a street for Josef Brodsky, an even more outspoken enemy of the Soviet behemoth.
"I am going down to a shooting-lodge called Glenraven," hoping she would respond by naming her own abode.Ralph Wilton's weird|Mrs. Alexander
The special circumstances attending the birth and naming of the Baptist probably supplied the chief factor in its triumph.The Romance of Names|Ernest Weekley
Frederick was deposed by his subjects, and died in 1250, naming his son Conrad as his successor.The Browning Cyclopdia|Edward Berdoe
With the help of this you will have little trouble in naming your bird.The Children's Book of Birds|Olive Thorne Miller
The dining-room being mine, perhaps that was the reason of her naming the parlour—mighty nice again, if so!Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
- 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