nominate

[verb nom-uh-neyt; adjective nom-uh-nit]

verb (used with object), nom·i·nat·ed, nom·i·nat·ing.

adjective

having a particular name.

Origin of nominate

1475–85; < Latin nōminātus (past participle of nōmināre to name, call by name), equivalent to nōmin- (stem of nōmen; see nomen) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsnom·i·na·tor, nounre·nom·i·nate, verb (used with object), re·nom·i·nat·ed, re·nom·i·nat·ing.un·nom·i·nat·ed, adjective

Synonyms for nominate

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Contemporary Examples of nominate

Historical Examples of nominate

  • "But you are not in a position to nominate the questions that I am to put to myself," she said.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • I've the power to nominate whom I like, and Viola it shall be.

  • His uncle could nominate me to posts of honour fit for a caballero.

    Romance

    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • As a party they made no concerted effort to nominate candidates.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • They intended to nominate her and proceeded to root energetically for her.


British Dictionary definitions for nominate

nominate

verb (ˈnɒmɪˌneɪt) (mainly tr)

to propose as a candidate, esp for an elective office
to appoint to an office or position
to name (someone) to act on one's behalf, esp to conceal one's identity
(intr) Australian to stand as a candidate in an election
archaic to name, entitle, or designate

adjective (ˈnɒmɪnɪt)

rare having a particular name
Derived Formsnominator, noun

Word Origin for nominate

C16: from Latin nōmināre to call by name, from nōmen name
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Word Origin and History for nominate
v.

1540s, "to call by name," back-formation from nomination or else from Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare "to name, call by name, give a name to," also "name for office,"" from nomen "name" (see name (n.)). Later "to appoint to some office or duty" (1560s); "to formally enter (someone) as a candidate for election" (c.1600). It also occasionally was used from c.1600 with a sense "give a name to." Related: Nominated; nominating.

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