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[v. nom-uh-neyt; adj. nom-uh-nit] /v. ˈnɒm əˌneɪt; adj. ˈnɒm ə nɪt/
verb (used with object), nominated, nominating.
to propose (someone) for appointment or election to an office.
to appoint to a duty or office.
to propose for an honor, award, or the like.
Horse Racing. to register (a horse) as an entry in a race.
to name; designate.
Obsolete. to specify.
having a particular name.
Origin of nominate
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
1. pick, choose. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nominate
  • nominate your favorite for coverage in the magazine.
  • He plans to nominate someone with a background in macroeconomics, another in markets, and a third in regulation.
  • nominate your own choice and tell us why it's special.
  • Use the form below to nominate your own novelty phones.
  • One would make it easier for shareholders to nominate their own candidates to the board.
  • Migration: resident, except for partially migratory nominate subspecies.
  • nominate your own wonderful, weird, or wacky choices for this magazine series.
  • From there, the robot can nominate a ball and pocket and slide into action.
  • There is no requirement to nominate a major but concentration tracks are offered.
  • He did in fact nominate it again next year, and so did a lot of people.
British Dictionary definitions for nominate


verb (mainly transitive) (ˈnɒmɪˌneɪt)
to propose as a candidate, esp for an elective office
to appoint to an office or position
to name (someone) to act on one's behalf, esp to conceal one's identity
(intransitive) (Austral) to stand as a candidate in an election
(archaic) to name, entitle, or designate
adjective (ˈnɒmɪnɪt)
(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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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