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nominate

[v. nom-uh-neyt; adj. nom-uh-nit] /v. ˈnɒm əˌneɪt; adj. ˈnɒm ə nɪt/
verb (used with object), nominated, nominating.
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.
adjective
7.
having a particular name.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin nōminātus (past participle of nōmināre to name, call by name), equivalent to nōmin- (stem of nōmen; see nomen) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
nominator, noun
renominate, verb (used with object), renominated, renominating.
unnominated, adjective
Synonyms
1. pick, choose.
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British Dictionary definitions for nominate

nominate

verb (mainly transitive) (ˈnɒmɪˌneɪt)
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.
(intransitive) (Austral) to stand as a candidate in an election
5.
(archaic) to name, entitle, or designate
adjective (ˈnɒmɪnɪt)
6.
(rare) having a particular name
Derived Forms
nominator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin nōmināre to call by name, from nōmen name
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Word Origin and History for nominate
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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