(noun, verb)


1. a language unit by which a person or thing is known

- his name really is George Washington

- those are two names for the same thing

Definition categories: communication

2. a person's reputation

- he wanted to protect his good name

Definition categories: state, reputation, repute

3. family based on male descent

- he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name

Similar word(s): gens

Definition categories: group, family, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept

4. a well-known or notable person

- they studied all the great names in the history of France

Similar word(s): figure

Definition categories: person, personage

5. by the sanction or authority of

- halt in the name of the law

Definition categories: act, sanction

6. a defamatory or abusive word or phrase

Similar word(s): epithet

Definition categories: communication, calumniation, calumny, defamation, obloquy, traducement

Sentences with name as a noun:

- I've never liked the name my parents gave me so I changed it at the age of twenty.


1. assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to

- They named their son David

- The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader

Similar word(s): call

Definition categories: communication, label

2. give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property

- Many senators were named in connection with the scandal

Similar word(s): identify

Definition categories: communication, denote, refer

3. charge with a function; charge to be

- She was named Head of the Committee

Similar word(s): make, nominate

Definition categories: social, appoint, charge

4. create and charge with a task or function

Similar word(s): appoint, constitute, nominate

Definition categories: social, constitute, establish, found, institute, plant

5. mention and identify by name

- name your accomplices!

Definition categories: communication, define, determine, fix, limit, set, specify

6. make reference to

- His name was mentioned in connection with the invention

Similar word(s): advert, cite, mention, refer

Definition categories: communication, mean

7. identify as in botany or biology, for example

Similar word(s): describe, discover, distinguish, identify, key

Definition categories: cognition

8. give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of

Similar word(s): list

Definition categories: communication, enumerate, itemise, itemize, recite

9. determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis

Similar word(s): diagnose

Definition categories: cognition, analyse, analyze, canvass, examine, study

Sentences with name as a verb:

- He named his demands.

- You name it!

- The painter was named as an accomplice.

- My neighbor was named to the steering committee.