verb (used with object), nom·i·nat·ed, nom·i·nat·ing.

  1. to propose (someone) for appointment or election to an office.
  2. to appoint to a duty or office.
  3. to propose for an honor, award, or the like.
  4. Horse Racing. to register (a horse) as an entry in a race.
  5. to name; designate.
  6. Obsolete. to specify.


  1. having a particular name.

verb (ˈnɒmɪˌneɪt) (mainly tr)

  1. to propose as a candidate, esp for an elective office
  2. to appoint to an office or position
  3. to name (someone) to act on one’s behalf, esp to conceal one’s identity
  4. (intr) Australian to stand as a candidate in an election
  5. archaic to name, entitle, or designate

adjective (ˈnɒmɪnɪt)

  1. rare having a particular name

v.1540s, “to call by name,” back-formation from nomination or else from Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare “to name, call by name, give a name to,” also “name for office,”” from nomen “name” (see name (n.)). Later “to appoint to some office or duty” (1560s); “to formally enter (someone) as a candidate for election” (c.1600). It also occasionally was used from c.1600 with a sense “give a name to.” Related: Nominated; nominating.

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