- 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
Synonyms for nominate
- 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 for nominate
1650s, from Late Latin nominator, from Latin nominat-, past participle stem of nominare (see 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.