[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. nominal value,
  2. nominal wages,
  3. nominalism,
  4. nominalize,
  5. nominally,
  6. nomination,
  7. nominative,
  8. nominative absolute,
  9. nominative case,
  10. nominative of address

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 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



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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