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Noun. From Middle English name, nome, from Old English nama, noma, from Proto-West Germanic *namō, from Proto-Germanic *namô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁nómn̥. Cognates include Saterland Frisian Noome, West Frisian namme, Dutch naam, German Name, Danish navn, Swedish namn, Latin nōmen (Spanish nombre). Possible cognates outside of Indo-European include Finnish nimi.
Verb. From Middle English namen, from Old English namian (“to name, mention”) and ġenamian (“to name, call, appoint”), from Proto-West Germanic *namōn (“to name”).
- enPR: nām, IPA(key): /neɪm/
name (plural names)
- Any nounal word or phrase which indicates a particular person, place, class, or thing.
- Synonyms: proper name;
- I’ve never liked the name my parents gave me so I changed it at the age of twenty.
- What’s your name?
Puddintane. Ask me again and I’ll tell you the same.
- An abusive or insulting epithet.
- Stop calling me names!
- A person (or legal person).
- Those of a certain name; a race; a family.
- (computing) A unique identifier, generally a string of characters.
- (Britain, finance) An investor in Lloyds of London bearing unlimited liability.
- Halt in the name of the law!
name (third-person singular simple present names, present participle naming, simple past and past participle named)
- (ditransitive) To give a name to.
- One visitor named Hou Yugang said he was not too concerned about climate change and Baishui’s melting.
- (transitive) To mention, specify.
- He named his demands.
- You name it!
- (transitive) To identify as relevant or important
- naming the problem
- (transitive) To publicly implicate by name.
- The painter was named as an accomplice.
- (transitive) To designate for a role.
- My neighbor was named to the steering committee.
- (transitive, Westminster system politics) To initiate a process to temporarily remove a member of parliament who is breaking the rules of conduct.