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Meaning & Definition of Name in English

English

Name

/nem/

noun

1. A language unit by which a person or thing is known

  • "His name really is george washington"
  • "Those are two names for the same thing"
    synonym:
  • name

2. A person's reputation

  • "He wanted to protect his good name"
    synonym:
  • name

3. Family based on male descent

  • "He had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name"
    synonym:
  • name
  • ,
  • gens

4. A well-known or notable person

  • "They studied all the great names in the history of france"
  • "She is an important figure in modern music"
    synonym:
  • name
  • ,
  • figure
  • ,
  • public figure

5. By the sanction or authority of

  • "Halt in the name of the law"
    synonym:
  • name

6. A defamatory or abusive word or phrase

    synonym:
  • name
  • ,
  • epithet

verb

1. Assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to

  • "They named their son david"
  • "The new school was named after the famous civil rights leader"
    synonym:
  • name
  • ,
  • call

2. Give the name or identifying characteristics of

  • Refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property
  • "Many senators were named in connection with the scandal"
  • "The almanac identifies the auspicious months"
    synonym:
  • name
  • ,
  • identify

3. Charge with a function

  • Charge to be
  • "She was named head of the committee"
  • "She was made president of the club"
    synonym:
  • name
  • ,
  • nominate
  • ,
  • make

4. Create and charge with a task or function

  • "Nominate a committee"
    synonym:
  • appoint
  • ,
  • name
  • ,
  • nominate
  • ,
  • constitute

5. Mention and identify by name

  • "Name your accomplices!"
    synonym:
  • name

6. Make reference to

  • "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
    synonym:
  • mention
  • ,
  • advert
  • ,
  • bring up
  • ,
  • cite
  • ,
  • name
  • ,
  • refer

7. Identify as in botany or biology, for example

    synonym:
  • identify
  • ,
  • discover
  • ,
  • key
  • ,
  • key out
  • ,
  • distinguish
  • ,
  • describe
  • ,
  • name

8. Give or make a list of

  • Name individually
  • Give the names of
  • "List the states west of the mississippi"
    synonym:
  • list
  • ,
  • name

9. Determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis

    synonym:
  • diagnose
  • ,
  • name

Examples of using

"You're so beautiful. What's your name?" "Mind your own business."
His name was Tom.
Her name was Mary.