What does nominate mean?

Definitions for nominate
ˈnɒm əˌneɪt; -nɪtnom·i·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nominate, put up, put forwardverb

    propose as a candidate for some honor

  2. nominate, proposeverb

    put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position

    "The President nominated her as head of the Civil Rights Commission"

  3. name, nominate, makeverb

    charge with a function; charge to be

    "She was named Head of the Committee"; "She was made president of the club"

  4. appoint, name, nominate, constituteverb

    create and charge with a task or function

    "nominate a committee"


  1. nominateverb

    To name someone as a candidate for a particular role or position, including that of an office.

  2. nominateverb

    To entitle, confer a name upon.

  3. Etymology: From nominatus, perfect passive participle of nomino, from nomen.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To NOMINATEverb

    Etymology: nomino, Latin.

    Suddenly to nominate them all,
    It is impossible. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. iii.

    One lady, I may civilly spare to nominate, for her sex’s sake, whom he termed the spider of the court. Henry Wotton.

    Aread, old father, why of late
    Didst thou behight me born of English blood,
    Whom all a fairy’s son doen nominate. Fairy Q.

    If you repay me not on such a day, let the forfeit
    Be nominated for an equal pound
    Of your fair flesh to be cut off. William Shakespeare.

    Never having intended, never designed any heir in that sense, we cannot expect he should nominate or appoint any person to it. John Locke.


  1. nominate

    Nomination is part of the process of selecting a candidate for either election to a public office, or the bestowing of an honor or award. A collection of nominees narrowed from the full list of candidates is a short list.


  1. nominate

    To nominate is to formally suggest or propose someone or something for a position, role, task, award, or consideration. This act usually implies a recommendation or endorsement of the individual or item in question. It is often used in the context of politics, positions of leadership, appointments, and various types of awards.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nominateverb

    to mention by name; to name

  2. Nominateverb

    to call; to entitle; to denominate

  3. Nominateverb

    to set down in express terms; to state

  4. Nominateverb

    to name, or designate by name, for an office or place; to appoint; esp., to name as a candidate for an election, choice, or appointment; to propose by name, or offer the name of, as a candidate for an office or place

  5. Etymology: [L. nominatus, p. p. of nominare to nominate, fr. nomen name. See Name.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nominate

    nom′in-āt, v.t. to name: to mention by name: to appoint: to propose by name, as for an office or for an appointment.—adv. Nom′inātely, by name.—ns. Nom′inātion, the act or power of nominating: state of being nominated; Nom′inātion-game, in billiards, a game in which the player has to name beforehand what stroke he is leading.—adjs. Nominātī′val; Nom′inātive, naming: (gram.) applied to the case of the subject.—n. the naming case, the case in which the subject is expressed.—adv. Nom′inātively.—n. Nom′inātor, one who nominates.—Nominative absolute, a grammatical construction in which we have a subject (noun or pronoun) combined with a participle, but not connected with a finite verb or governed by any other words, as 'All being well, I will come.' [L. nomināre, -ātum, to name—nomen.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nominate' in Verbs Frequency: #1100

Anagrams for nominate »

  1. Timonean

  2. antinome

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nominate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nominate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of nominate in a Sentence

  1. Dick Harpootlian:

    There's always another shoe to drop with Hillary, do we nominate her not knowing what's in those e-mails? If the e-mails were just her and her family and friends canoodling about fashion and what they're going to do next week, that's one thing. But the fact that she's already turned e-mails to the Benghazi committee because she was doing official business on it means she's going to die by 1,000 cuts on this one.

  2. Wasserman Schultz:

    We're thrilled to move to the next step of the selection process to determine where Democrats will come together to nominate the 45th President of the United States.

  3. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Playboy Interview - May 1966:

    No national political party is going to nominate another right-wing candidate for a long time.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    As we look ahead, it must be a priority of the next president to nominate judges and justices committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood.

  5. Michelle Ng:

    I struggle to nominate a favorite restaurant in Hong Kong as there are too many I truly enjoy going to, but one place that I have a real soft spot for is Yu Chuan in Wan Chai, the quality and execution of the food is excellent and the cost is wallet-friendly.

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