- to propose (someone) for appointment or election to an office.
- to appoint to a duty or office.
- to propose for an honor, award, or the like.
- Horse Racing. to register (a horse) as an entry in a race.
- to name; designate.
- Obsolete. to specify.
- having a particular name.
Origin of nominate
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Examples from the Web for nominate
And they would, it seems, nominate any movie—no matter how inane—to get those big-name butts in the seats.The Golden Globes Sobers Up (Sort Of): Years of Ridicule and Bribery Rumors Scares HFPA Straight
December 11, 2014
Drama schools were visited; members of the public were allowed to nominate themselves.How 'Gone With the Wind' Got Made
September 10, 2014
The Stalwarts had bolted the Red Gym and were holding a shadow convention to nominate their own candidates at the opera house.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
A federal agency simply has to “nominate” you if it has “reasonable suspicion”—which is slightly more than a hunch.Oregon Judge Grounds the Federal No-Fly List—and It’s High Time
June 26, 2014
When President Barack Obama had to nominate justices to the Supreme Court, many liberals said they wanted a “liberal Scalia.”The Outside Game of Justice Scalia, a Loner With Clout
June 16, 2014
"But you are not in a position to nominate the questions that I am to put to myself," she said.The Market-Place
I've the power to nominate whom I like, and Viola it shall be.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
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
They intended to nominate her and proceeded to root energetically for her.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
- 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
- rare having a particular name
Word Origin and History for nominate
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.