Name meaning

nām
Name is defined as to give a title to a person, place or thing.

An example of name is for parents to choose to call their newborn Adam.

verb
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The definition of a name is a word or phrase that labels a person, place or thing.

An example of name is Paul.

noun
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Well-known by a name.

A name performer.

adjective
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An illustrious or outstanding person.

Joined several famous names for a photograph.

noun
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To specify or fix.

We need to name the time for our meeting.

verb
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A word or words expressing some quality considered characteristic or descriptive of a person or thing, often showing approval or disapproval; epithet.
noun
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To mention, specify, or cite by name.

Named the primary colors.

verb
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To nominate for or appoint to a duty, office, or honor.
verb
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A word or phrase by which an individual person, place, or thing, or a class of things, is known, called, or spoken of.
noun
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The sacred designation of a deity.

His ineffable name.

noun
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A family or clan.

The last of his name.

noun
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A distinguished or famous person.

The greatest name in science.

noun
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Having a good reputation; well-known.

A name brand.

adjective
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Displaying someone's name.

Name tags worn at a convention.

adjective
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To give a name or title to; entitle; style.
verb
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To designate, mention, or refer to by name.
verb
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To identify by the right name.

Name all the oceans.

verb
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To nominate or appoint to a post, situation, or office.
verb
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To set or fix; specify (a date, price, etc.)
verb
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To speak about; mention.
verb
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A top-level Internet domain used for personal use; for example, harry.potter.name. This is known as a "third-level domain name," because the last name (second level) and first name (third level) are used. The dot-name name was added in 2000. See Internet domain name.
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Pronounced dot name.The Internet generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) reserved exclusively for individuals.This is an unsponsored domain. See also Internet, gTLD, and unsponsored domain.
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Abbreviation of North American English.
pronoun
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Representation or repute, as opposed to reality.

A democracy in name, a police state in fact.

noun
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To give a name to.

Named the child after both grandparents.

verb
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To call by an epithet.

Named them all cowards.

verb
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in the name of
  • By the authority of:
    Open up in the name of the law!.
  • For the reason of; using as a reason:
    Grisly experiments performed in the name of science.
idiom
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to (one's) name
  • Belonging to one:
    I don't have a hat to my name.
idiom
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call someone names
  • to use insulting or abusive names in attacking someone
idiom
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in name only
  • having the title or appearance but not actually; nominally; ostensibly
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in the name of
  • in appeal or reference to
  • by the authority of; as the representative of
  • as belonging to
idiom
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know only by name
  • to be familiar with the name of but not know personally
idiom
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name names
  • to identify specific persons, esp. as doing wrong
idiom
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to one's name
  • belonging to one
    But one suit of clothes to his name.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

call someone names
in name only
know only by name

Origin of name

  • Middle English from Old English nama nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition