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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.
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 nominated
  • Unlike today, each party nominated two candidates for the presidency.
  • The popular politician had been nominated on the ninth ballot as his party's candidate.
  • He likewise has been nominated for a professorship, and having heard of my being honoured, congratulated me upon it.
  • Cabinet, headed by the prime minister, nominated by the president.
  • A single author is nominated to simplify bibliographic references.
  • After a year or more likely two of that process then individual lease blocks have to be nominated for a specific sale.
  • Ultimately, they are controlled by the board of regents, and regents are politically nominated.
  • Candidate lists are kept confidential, and nominees are not notified that they have been nominated.
  • It is, therefore, a special honor to be nominated to fill his seat.
  • A cabinet is nominated by the premier and appointed officially by the governor.
British Dictionary definitions for nominated


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 nominated



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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