[verb nom-uh-neyt; adjective nom-uh-nit]
verb (used with object), nom·i·nat·ed, nom·i·nat·ing.
  1. to propose (someone) for appointment or election to an office.
  2. to appoint to a duty or office.
  3. to propose for an honor, award, or the like.
  4. Horse Racing. to register (a horse) as an entry in a race.
  5. to name; designate.
  6. Obsolete. to specify.
  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for nominator


verb (ˈnɒmɪˌneɪt) (mainly tr)
  1. to propose as a candidate, esp for an elective office
  2. to appoint to an office or position
  3. to name (someone) to act on one's behalf, esp to conceal one's identity
  4. (intr) Australian to stand as a candidate in an election
  5. archaic to name, entitle, or designate
adjective (ˈnɒmɪnɪt)
  1. 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 nominator

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.

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