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Definition of name verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they name
    he / she / it names
    past simple named
    -ing form naming
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  1. 1to give a name to someone or something synonym call name somebody/something (after/for somebody) He was named after his father (= given his father's first name). the diesel engine, named for its inventor Rudolf Diesel name somebody/something + noun They named their son John.
  2. 2to say the name of someone or something synonym identify name somebody/something The victim has not yet been named. Can you name all the American states? name somebody/something as somebody/something The missing man has been named as James Kelly. Thesaurusidentifyknow recognize name make somebody/something outThese words all mean to be able to see or hear someone or something and especially to be able to say who or what they are.identify to be able to say who or what someone or something is:He was able to identify his attacker.know to be able to say who or what something is when you see or hear it because you have seen or heard it before Know is used especially to talk about sounds that seem familiar and when someone recognizes the quality or opportunity that someone or something represents:I couldn't see who was speaking, but I knew the voice. She knows a bargain when she sees one.recognize to know who someone is or what something is when you see or hear them/it, because you have seen or heard them/it before:I recognized him as soon as he came into the to say the name of someone or something in order to show that you know who/what they are:The victim has not yet been named in the newspapers.make somebody/something out to manage to see or hear someone or something that is not very clear:I could just make out a figure in the darkness.Patterns to identify/know/recognize somebody/something by something to identify/recognize/name somebody/something as somebody/something to identify/know/recognize/make out who/what/how… to easily/barely/just identify/recognize/make out somebody/something
  3. 3name something to state something exactly synonym specify Name your price. They're engaged, but they haven't yet named the day (= chosen the date for their wedding). Activities available include squash, archery, and swimming,to name (but) a few. Chairs, tables, cabinets—you name it, she makes it (= she makes anything you can imagine).
  4. 4to choose someone for a job or position synonym nominate name somebody (as) something I had no hesitation in naming him (as) captain. name somebody (to something) When she resigned, he was named to the committee in her place.
  5. Idioms to give the names of the people involved in something, especially something wrong or illegal He has accused the government of corruption and claims he is prepared to name names.
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