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 namingcall, dub, nickname, identify, designate, appoint, elect, nominate, make, list, declare, recognize, mention, suggest, announce, cite, select, nomenclature, term, denominate
Examples from the Web for naming
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 21, 2014
Naming a movement or giving it a single symbol is a natural way of recognizing this emerging power.You Say You Want to Name a Revolution?
October 5, 2014
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
October 3, 2014
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
September 19, 2014
After all, his next project is naming a street for Josef Brodsky, an even more outspoken enemy of the Soviet behemoth.From Moscow to Queens, Down Sergei Dovlatov Way
September 15, 2014
Historical Examples of naming
Flower-of-the-Maguey, she was called, and she was beautiful beyond all naming.The Trail Book
If it were so much,” said he, naming a smaller sum, “I could do it.The First Violin
Naming him was a portentous proceeding and one not to be lightly gone about.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
"To the hereafter," says he, naming the station at the end of the route.Cape Cod Stories
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That definition requires that the Manxman had no hand in naming Man.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
- 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