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name definition

Overview

This page has 34 definitions of name with English translations in 9 languages. Name is a noun, verb and romanization. Examples of how to use name in a sentence are shown. Also define these 42 related words and terms: nounal, word, particular, person, place, class, thing, proper name, reputation, epithet, legal person, computing, identifier, string, finance, investor, liability, authority, give, mention, specify, identify, implicate, role, true yam, Dioscorea, naam, singular, past tense, subjunctive mood, nemen, grass, romaji, なめ, namas, name, fame, taking, receiving, letter, namati, and nam.

See also: Name, NAmE, namé, nàme, ñame, näme, and .name

English name definition

Etymology 1

From Middle English name, nome, from Old English nama, noma, from Proto-Germanic *namô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁nómn̥. Cognates include Latin nomen (Spanish nombre). Possible cognates outside of Indo-European include Finnish nimi.

Pronunciation

Noun

name (plural names)

  1. Any nounal word or phrase which indicates a particular person, place, class, or thing.
    Synonyms: proper name; see also Thesaurus:name
    I've never liked the name my parents gave me so I changed it at the age of twenty.
    What's your name?
    Puddintane. Ask me again and I'll tell you the same.
    • Nounal definition
      Of, relating to, or acting as a noun.
    • Word definition
      The smallest unit of language that has a particular meaning and can be expressed by itself; the smallest discrete, meaningful unit of language.
      1. The smallest discrete unit of spoken language with a particular meaning, composed of one or more phonemes and one or more morphemes
      2. The smallest discrete unit of written language with a particular meaning, composed of one or more letters or symbols and one or more morphemes
      3. A discrete, meaningful unit of language approved by an authority or native speaker (compare non-word).
      (1 of 21 word definitions)
  2. Reputation.
    • Reputation definition
      What somebody is known for.
  3. An abusive or insulting epithet.
    Stop calling me names!
  4. A person (or legal person).
    • 1697, “(please specify the book number)”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      They list with women each degenerate name.
    • p. 2002, second edition of, 2002, Graham Richards, Putting Psychology in its Place, →ISBN, page 287 [2]
      Later British psychologists interested in this topic include such major names as Cyril Burt, William McDougall, [] .
    • 2008 edition of, 1998, S. B. Budhiraja and M. B. Athreya, Cases in Strategic Management, →ISBN page 79 [3]:
      Would it be able to fight the competition from ITC Agro Tech and Liptons who were ready and able to commit large resources? With such big names as competitors, would this business be viable for Marico?
    • 2009 third edition of, 1998, Martin Mowforth and Ian Munt, Tourism and Sustainability, →ISBN, page 29 [4]:
      International non-governmental organisations (INGOs), including such household names as Amnesty International, Greenpeace and [] .
  5. Those of a certain name; a race; a family.
  6. (computing) A unique identifier, generally a string of characters.
  7. (Britain, finance) An investor in Lloyds of London bearing unlimited liability.
  8. Authority.
    Halt in the name of the law!
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Etymology 2

From Old English namian, derived from the noun.

Verb

name (third-person singular simple present names, present participle naming, simple past and past participle named)

  1. (ditransitive) To give a name to.
    • 1904, Baum, L. Frank, The Land of Oz:
      I will name the fellow 'Jack Pumpkinhead!'
    • 1913, Lincoln, Joseph C., chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      A chap named Eleazir Kendrick and I had chummed in together the summer afore and built a fish-weir and shanty at Setuckit Point, down Orham way. For a spell we done pretty well.
    One visitor named Hou Yugang said he was not too concerned about climate change and Baishui’s melting.
    (file)
    • Give definition
      To move, shift, provide something abstract or concrete to someone or something or somewhere.
      1. To transfer one's possession or holding of (something) to (someone). (1 of 27 give definitions)
  2. (transitive) To mention, specify.
    He named his demands.
    You name it!
    • 2019 February 3, “UN Study: China, US, Japan Lead World AI Development”, in Voice of America[5], archived from the original on 7 February 2019:
      The three countries were named in a new study from the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO.
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    • Mention definition
      A speaking or notice of anything, usually in a brief or cursory manner. Used especially in the phrase make mention of. (1 of 2 mention definitions)
  3. (transitive) To identify as relevant or important
    naming the problem
  4. (transitive) To publicly implicate.
    The painter was named as an accomplice.
  5. (transitive) To designate for a role.
    My neighbor was named to the steering committee.
  6. (transitive, Westminster system politics) To initiate a process to temporarily remove a member of parliament who is breaking the rules of conduct.
    • 2013 July 10, Bercow, John (Speaker of the House of Commons), (Please provide the book title or journal name), to MP Nigel Dodds:
      I must warn the Right Honourable gentleman, that if he persists in his refusal to comply with my order to withdraw [the words "deliberately deceptive"], I shall be compelled to name him.
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Etymology 3

Borrowed from Spanish ñame, substituting n for the unfamiliar Spanish letter ñ. Doublet of yam.

Noun

name (plural names)

  1. Any of several types of true yam (Dioscorea) used in Caribbean Spanish cooking.
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Afrikaans name definition

Noun

name

  1. plural of naam

Central Malay name definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Sanskrit नामन् (nāman). Cognate with English name.

Noun

name

  1. name

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Cimbrian name definition

Noun

name ?

  1. (Thirteen Communities) name

References

  • “name” in Patuzzi, Umberto, ed., (2013) Ünsarne Börtar [Our Words], Luserna, Italy: Comitato unitario delle linguistiche storiche germaniche in Italia / Einheitskomitee der historischen deutschen Sprachinseln in Italien

Dutch name definition

Pronunciation

Verb

name

  1. (archaic) singular past subjunctive of nemen
    • Nemen definition
      what

Noun

name

  1. (archaic) Dative singular form of naam

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Eastern Arrernte name definition

Noun

name

  1. grass

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Japanese name definition

Romanization

name

  1. Rōmaji transcription of なめ
    • なめ definition
      嘗め: lick; licking medicine to see if it contains poison (1 of 4 なめ definitions)

Lithuanian name definition

Noun

name m

  1. locative singular of namas
    • Namas definition
      (a) fish
  2. vocative singular of namas

Middle Dutch name definition

Etymology 1

From Old Dutch namo, from Proto-Germanic *namô.

Noun

nāme m or f

  1. name
  2. fame, reputation
Inflection

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Etymology 2

From Old Dutch *nāma, from Proto-Germanic *nēmō.

Noun

nâme f

  1. taking
  2. receiving
Inflection

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

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  • Dutch: name (mostly in compounds)

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Middle English name definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old English nama, from Proto-West Germanic *namō, from Proto-Germanic *namô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁nómn̥.

Pronunciation

Noun

name (plural names or namen)

  1. name

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Northern Kurdish name definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Persian نامه(nâme).

Pronunciation

Noun

name f

  1. letter (a document)

Pali name definition

Alternative forms

Verb

name

  1. singular optative active of namati (to bend)

Volapük name definition

Noun

name

  1. dative singular of nam
    • Nam definition
      moon

Zazaki name definition

Etymology

Compare Middle Persian 𐫗𐫀𐫖(nʾm /nām/).

Pronunciation

Noun

name (nam?

  1. name
  2. reputation