- Now Rare to name, call, or designate
- to name or appoint to an office or position
- to name as a candidate for election or appointment; propose for office
- to propose as a candidate for an award or honor
- to enter (a horse) in a horse race
Origin of nominate; from Classical Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare, to name ; from nomen, name
transitive verbnom·i·nat·ed, nom·i·nat·ing, nom·i·nates
- To propose as a candidate in an election or as one to be considered for an honor or prize: nominated him as their candidate for mayor; was nominated twice for an Academy Award.
- To designate or appoint to an office or responsibility: “A quiet recruit who always does exactly what he is told &ellipsis; is nominated to take the rap” (Thomas E. Ricks). See Synonyms at appoint.
Origin of nominateLatin n&omacron;minare, n&omacron;minat-, to name, from n&omacron;men, n&omacron;min-, name; see n&obremac;-men- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present nominates, present participle nominating, simple past and past participle nominated)
From Latin nÅminÄtus, perfect passive participle of nÅminÅ (“I name"), from nÅmen (“a name").