Definition of Name in English :

Define Name in English

Name meaning in English

Meaning of Name in English

Pronunciation of Name in English

Name pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of name


1. name

a language unit by which a person or thing is known

Example Sentences:
'his name really is George Washington'
'those are two names for the same thing'

2. name

a person's reputation

Example Sentences:
'he wanted to protect his good name'

3. gens, name

family based on male descent

Example Sentences:
'he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name'

4. figure, name, public figure

a well-known or notable person

Example Sentences:
'they studied all the great names in the history of France'
'she is an important figure in modern music'

5. name

by the sanction or authority of

Example Sentences:
'halt in the name of the law'

6. epithet, name

a defamatory or abusive word or phrase


7. call, name

assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to

Example Sentences:
'They named their son David'
'The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader'

8. identify, name

give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property

Example Sentences:
'Many senators were named in connection with the scandal'
'The almanac identifies the auspicious months'

9. make, name, nominate

charge with a function; charge to be

Example Sentences:
'She was named Head of the Committee'
'She was made president of the club'

10. appoint, constitute, name, nominate

create and charge with a task or function

Example Sentences:
'nominate a committee'

11. name

mention and identify by name

Example Sentences:
'name your accomplices!'

12. advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer

make reference to

Example Sentences:
'His name was mentioned in connection with the invention'

13. describe, discover, distinguish, identify, key, key out, name

identify as in botany or biology, for example

14. list, name

give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of

Example Sentences:
'List the states west of the Mississippi'

15. diagnose, name

determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of name
a word or term by which a person or thing is commonly and distinctively known
▶ Related 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 derogatory
to call a person names
reputation, esp, if unspecified, good reputation
he's made quite a name for himself
a famous person or thing
a name in the advertising world
b. 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
7.  in the name of
8.  in the name of
9.  know by name
10.  name of the game
11.  to one's name
verb (transitive)
to give a name to; call by a name
she named the child Edward
to refer to by name; cite
he named three French poets
to determine, fix, or specify
they have named a date for the meeting
to appoint to or cite for a particular title, honour, or duty; nominate
he was named Journalist of the Year
to ban (an MP) from the House of Commons by mentioning him or her formally by name as being guilty of disorderly conduct
17.  name and shame
18.  name names
19.  name the day
20.  you name it

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers


see synonyms of name
a word or phrase by which a person, thing, or class of things is known, called, or spoken to or of; appellation; title
a word or words expressing some quality considered characteristic or descriptive of a person or thing, often showing approval or disapproval; epithet
the sacred designation of a deity
His ineffable name
fame, reputation, or character
a good name
good reputation
a family or clan
the last of his name
appearance only, not reality; semblance
chief in name only
a distinguished or famous person
the greatest name in science
8.  US
having a good reputation; well-known
a name brand
carrying a name
a name tag
verb transitiveWord forms: named or ˈnaming
to give a name or title to; entitle; style
to designate, mention, or refer to by name
to identify by the right name
name all the oceans
to nominate or appoint to a post, situation, or office
to set or fix; specify (a date, price, etc.)
to speak about; mention

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of name
a. A word or words by which an entity is designated and distinguished from others.
b. A word or group of words used to describe or evaluate, often disparagingly: Don't call me names.
2. Representation or repute, as opposed to reality: a democracy in name, a police state in fact.
a. A reputation: has a bad name.
b. A distinguished reputation: made a name for himself as a drummer.
4. An illustrious or outstanding person: joined several famous names for a photograph. See Synonyms at celebrity.
tr.v. named, nam·ing, names
1. To give a name to: named the child after both grandparents.
2. To mention, specify, or cite by name: named the primary colors.
3. To call by an epithet: named them all cowards.
4. To nominate for or appoint to a duty, office, or honor. See Synonyms at appoint.
5. To specify or fix: We need to name the time for our meeting.
Well-known by a name: a name performer.

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