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[nom-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌnɒm əˈneɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of nominating, especially to office:
The floor is open for nomination of candidates for the presidency.
the state of being nominated.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin nōminātiōn- (stem of nōminātiō) a naming, nomination. See nominate, -ion
Related forms
nonnomination, noun
renomination, noun Unabridged
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Examples for nomination
  • Is it past time to have, as a prerequisite to nomination, a week's schooling on basic science including climate change.
  • When you're done reviewing this list of five, e-mail us your nomination for the scariest movie ever.
  • He clearly thought he could cruise to the nomination.
  • Now, it's likely that the committee of the whole at the convention will restore the delegates in time for the nomination itself.
  • He went from a sleeper pick for the nomination, to a wise-guy's best bet, to a flop.
  • Should she win the nomination but lose the election, they believe, the party could suffer incalculable damage.
  • He will win the nomination or run third party, there has never been a better time for him.
  • Maybe that adapted screenplay nomination is the one that should win.
  • There is a chance, however small, that she could win the nomination.
  • Please use the enclosed nomination blank or submit the same information in letter form.
British Dictionary definitions for nomination


the act of nominating or state of being nominated, esp as an election candidate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nomination
c.1412, "act of mentioning by name," from L. nominationem (nom. nominatio), from nominare "to name," from nomen (gen. nominis) "name" (see name). Meaning "fact of being proposed as a candidate" is attested from 1494. Nominate is a back-formation, attested from 1545 in the sense "to call by name," from 1601 with the meaning "to propose for election." Nominee is first attested 1664.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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