[ verb nom-uh-neyt; adjective nom-uh-nit ]
/ verb ˈnɒm əˌneɪt; adjective ˈnɒm ə nɪt /

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


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


nom·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of nominate

nominator, noun

Word Origin for nominate

C16: from Latin nōmināre to call by name, from nōmen name
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