[ neym ]
/ neɪm /
a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known.
mere designation, as distinguished from fact: He was a king in name only.
an appellation, title, or epithet, applied descriptively, in honor, abuse, etc.
a reputation of a particular kind given by common opinion: to protect one's good name.
a distinguished, famous, or great reputation; fame: to make a name for oneself.
a widely known or famous person; celebrity: She's a name in show business.
an unpleasant or derogatory appellation or expression: Don't call your brother names! Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.
a personal or family name as exercising influence or bringing distinction: With that name they can get a loan at any bank in town.
a body of persons grouped under one name, as a family or clan.
the verbal or other symbolic representation of a thing, event, property, relation, or concept.
(initial capital letter) a symbol or vehicle of divinity: to take the Name in vain; the power of the Name.
verb (used with object), named, nam·ing.
to give a name to: to name a baby.
to accuse: He was named as the thief.
to call by an epithet: They named her speedy.
to identify, specify, or mention by name: Three persons were named in the report.
to designate for some duty or office; nominate or appoint: I have named you for the position.
to specify; suggest: Name a price.
to give the name of: Can you name the capital of Ohio?
to speak of.
British. (in the House of Commons) to cite (a member) for contempt.
famous; widely known: a name author.
designed for or carrying a name.
giving its name or title to a collection or anthology containing it: the name piece.
Words nearby name
Idioms for name
- personally; individually: She was always careful to address every employee by name.
- not personally; by repute: I know him by name only.
call names, to scold or speak abusively of or to a person: Better not to call names unless one is larger and considerably stronger than one's adversary.
- with appeal to: In the name of mercy, stop that screaming!
- by the authority of: Open, in the name of the law!
- on behalf of: to purchase something in the name of another.
- under the name or possession of: money deposited in the name of a son.
- under the designation or excuse of: murder in the name of justice.
in the name of,
name names, to specify people by name, especially those who have been accomplices in a misdeed: The witness in the bribery investigation threatened to name names.
to one's name, in one's possession: I haven't a penny to my name.
Origin of name
before 900; Middle English; Old English nama; cognate with German Name, Gothic namô; akin to Old Norse nafn, Latin nōmen, Greek ónoma, Old Irish ainm, Polish imię, Czech jméno
SYNONYMS FOR name
1 Name, title both refer to the label by which a person is known. Name is the simpler and more general word for appellation: The name is John. A title is an official or honorary term bestowed on a person or the specific designation of a book, article, etc.: He now has the title of Doctor. Treasure Island is the title of a book.
4 repute, character, credit.
5 note, distinction, renown, eminence.
14 nickname, dub, denominate.
OTHER WORDS FROM name
nam·er, nounre·name, verb (used with object), re·named, re·nam·ing.self-named, adjectiveun·der·name, noun
un·der·named, adjectivewell-named, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for to one's name
/ (neɪm) /
a word or term by which a person or thing is commonly and distinctively knownRelated adjective: nominal
mere outward appearance or form as opposed to fact (esp in the phrase in name)he was a ruler in name only
a word, title, or phrase descriptive of character, usually abusive or derogatoryto call a person names
reputation, esp, if unspecified, good reputationhe's made quite a name for himself
- a famous person or thinga name in the advertising world
- mainly US and Canadian (as modifier)a name product
a member of Lloyd's who provides part of the capital of a syndicate and shares in its profits or losses but does not arrange its business
in the name of or under the name of using as a name
in the name of
- for the sake of
- by the sanction or authority of
know by name to have heard of without having met
name of the game
- anything that is essential, significant, or important
- expected or normal conditions, circumstances, etcin gambling, losing money's the name of the game
to one's name belonging to oneI haven't a penny to my name
to give a name to; call by a nameshe named the child Edward
to refer to by name; citehe named three French poets
to determine, fix, or specifythey have named a date for the meeting
to appoint to or cite for a particular title, honour, or duty; nominatehe was named Journalist of the Year
to ban (an MP) from the House of Commons by mentioning him formally by name as being guilty of disorderly conduct
name and shame to reveal the identity of a person or organization guilty of illegal or unacceptable behaviour in order to embarrass them into not repeating the offence
name names to cite people, esp in order to blame or accuse them
name the day to choose the day for one's wedding
you name it whatever you need, mention, etc
Derived forms of namenamable or nameable, adjective
Word Origin for name
Old English nama, related to Latin nomen, Greek noma, Old High German namo, German Namen
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Idioms and Phrases with to one's name (1 of 2)
to one's name
Owned by one, as in He has not got a nickel to his name, or She has only one pair of shoes to her name. This idiom was first recorded in 1876.
Idioms and Phrases with to one's name (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with name
- name after
- name is mud, one's
- name names
- name of the game, the
- name the day
- call names
- clear one's name
- drop names
- give a bad name
- go by (the name of)
- handle to one's name
- in name only
- in the name of
- make a name for oneself
- on a first-name basis
- take someone's name in vain
- to one's name
- worthy of the name
- you name it
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