Definition of name verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    name

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//neɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//neɪm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they name
    BrE BrE//neɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//neɪm//
     
    he / she / it names
    BrE BrE//neɪmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//neɪmz//
     
    past simple named
    BrE BrE//neɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//neɪmd//
     
    past participle named
    BrE BrE//neɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//neɪmd//
     
    -ing form naming
    BrE BrE//ˈneɪmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈneɪmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to give a name to somebody/something synonym call name somebody/something (after somebody) (North American English also) name somebody/something (for somebody) He was named after his father (= given his father's first name). the diesel engine, named after its inventor Rudolf Diesel name somebody/something + noun They named their son John.
  2. 2  to say the name of somebody/something synonym identify name somebody/something The victim has not yet been named. Can you name all the American states? The manager has named his side for the semi-final. name somebody/something as somebody/something The missing man has been named as James Kelly. Synonymsidentifyknow recognize name make somebody/​something outThese words all mean to be able to see or hear somebody/​something and especially to be able to say who or what they are.identify to be able to say who or what somebody/​something is:She was able to identify her 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 somebody recognizes the quality or opportunity that somebody/​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 somebody 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 in the room.name to say the name of somebody/​something in order to show that you know who/​what they are:The victim has not yet been named.make somebody/​something out to manage to see or hear somebody/​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 somebody for a job or position synonym nominate name somebody (as) something | name somebody + noun 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. Word Origin Old English nama, noma (noun), (ge)namian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch naam and German Name, from a root shared by Latin nomen and Greek onoma.Extra examples He correctly named the song from the clip played. I named my son after my father. She was recently named to the company’s board of directors. The President officially named Kirk as his choice to replace Timms. The hospital was named in honour of its principal benefactor. The present Kew Bridge was opened by King Edward VII and is correctly named ‘King Edward Bridge’. The ship will be officially named by the Queen before setting sail from her home port. the curiously named Egg Castle the dead sister for whom she had been named the newly named head coach Activities available include squash, archery and swimming, to name but a few. Chairs, tables, cabinets— you name it, she makes it. He was named after his father. Mr Shah has been named to run the new research unit. Name your price. The planet Mars is named for the Roman god of war. They’re engaged, but they haven’t yet named the day.Idioms (British English) to publish the names of people or organizations who have done something wrong or illegal More Like This Rhyming pairs in idioms doom and gloom, fair and square, high and dry, huff and puff, name and shame, slice and dice, thrills and spills, wear and tear, wheel and deal, wine and dineSee worksheet. 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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