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  1. a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body toàn thân or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known.

  2. mere designation, as distinguished from fact: He was a king in name only.

  1. an appellation, title, or epithet, applied descriptively, in honor, abuse, etc.

  2. a reputation of a particular kind given by common opinion: to protect one's good name.

  3. a distinguished, famous, or great reputation; fame: to make a name for oneself.

  4. a widely known or famous person; celebrity: She's a name in show business.

  5. an unpleasant or derogatory appellation or expression: Don't Call your brother names! Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt bủ.

  6. a personal or family name as exercising influence or bringing distinction: With that name they can get a loan at any ngân hàng in town.

  7. a body toàn thân of persons grouped under one name, as a family or clan.

  8. the verbal or other symbolic representation of a thing, sự kiện, property, relation, or concept.

  9. (initial capital letter) a symbol or vehicle of divinity: to take the Name in vain; the power of the Name.

verb (used with object),named, nam·ing.

  1. to give a name to: to name a baby.

  2. to accuse: He was named as the thief.

  1. to Call by an epithet: They named her speedy.

  2. to identify, specify, or mention by name: Three persons were named in the report.

  3. to designate for some duty or office; nominate or appoint: I have named you for the position.

  4. to give the name of: Can you name the capital of Ohio?

  5. to speak of.

  6. British. (in the House of Commons) đồ sộ cite (a member) for contempt.


  1. famous; widely known: a name author.

  2. designed for or carrying a name.

  1. giving its name or title đồ sộ a collection or anthology containing it: the name piece.

Idioms about name

  1. by name,

    • personally; individually: She was always careful đồ sộ address every employee by name.

    • not personally; by repute: I know him by name only.

  2. call names, đồ sộ scold or speak abusively of or đồ sộ a person: Better not đồ sộ Call names unless one is larger and considerably stronger than vãn one's adversary.

  1. in the name of,

    • with appeal to: In the name of mercy, stop that screaming!

    • by the authority of: Open, in the name of the law!

    • on behalf of: to purchase something in the name of another.

    • under the name or possession of: money deposited in the name of a son.

    • under the designation or excuse of: murder in the name of justice.

  2. name names, đồ sộ specify people by name, especially those who have been accomplices in a misdeed: The witness in the bribery investigation threatened đồ sộ name names.

  3. to one's name, in one's possession: I haven't a penny đồ sộ my name.

Origin of name


First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English nama; cognate with German Name, Gothic namô; akin đồ sộ Old Norse nafn, Latin nōmen, Greek ónoma, Old Irish ainm, Polish imię, Czech jméno

synonym study For name

1. Name, title both refer đồ sộ the label by which a person is known. Name is the simpler and more general word for appellation: The name is John. A title is an official or honorary term bestowed on a person or the specific designation of a book, article, etc.: He now has the title of Doctor. Treasure Island is the title of a book.

Other words for name

Other words from name

  • namer, noun
  • re·name, verb (used with object), re·named, re·nam·ing.
  • self-named, adjective
  • un·der·name, noun
  • un·der·named, adjective
  • well-named, adjective

Words Nearby name

  • namas kar
  • namaste
  • namaycush
  • namby-pamby
  • Nam Co
  • name
  • nameable
  • name after
  • nameboard
  • name-brand
  • name-caller

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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How đồ sộ use name in a sentence

  • The CDA was passed not in the name of censorship but in the name of protecting children from stumbling across sexual material.

  • “Gronkowski” itself never manages đồ sộ sound more erotic than vãn the name of a hearty Polish stew or a D-list WWE performer.

  • Yet, for god knows what reason, his name is never brought up in the “Great American Filmmaker” conversation.

  • A sad-faced orange Star of David flashed across the iPhone screen as we swiped left on “James” (not his real name).

  • What they believe impacts economic policy, foreign policy, education policy, environmental policy, you name it.

  • In pursuing his alchemical researches, he discovered Prussian xanh lơ, and the animal oil which bears his name.

  • Elyon is the name of an ancient Phœnician god, slain by his son El, no doubt the “first-born of death” in Job xviii.

  • "It is ill-fated;" and Alessandro blamed himself for having forgotten her only association with the name.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson

  • "Garnache," came the other's crisp, metallic voice, and the name had a sound as of an oath on his lips.

  • Children, and the building of a thành phố shall establish a name, but a blameless wife shall be counted above them both.

British Dictionary definitions for name


  1. a word or term by which a person or thing is commonly and distinctively known: Related adjective: nominal

  2. mere outward appearance or sườn as opposed đồ sộ fact (esp in the phrase in name): he was a ruler in name only

  1. a word, title, or phrase descriptive of character, usually abusive or derogatory: to Call a person names

  2. reputation, esp, if unspecified, good reputation: he's made quite a name for himself

    • a famous person or thing: a name in the advertising world

    • mainly US and Canadian (as modifier): a name product

  3. a thành viên of Lloyd's who provides part of the capital of a syndicate and shares in its profits or losses but does not arrange its business

  4. in the name of or under the name of using as a name

  5. in the name of

    • for the sake of

    • by the sanction or authority of

  6. know by name đồ sộ have heard of without having met

  7. name of the game

    • anything that is essential, significant, or important

    • expected or normal conditions, circumstances, etc: in gambling, losing money's the name of the game

  8. to one's name belonging đồ sộ one: I haven't a penny đồ sộ my name


  1. to give a name to; Call by a name: she named the child Edward

  2. to refer đồ sộ by name; cite: he named three French poets

  1. to determine, fix, or specify: they have named a date for the meeting

  2. to appoint đồ sộ or cite for a particular title, honour, or duty; nominate: he was named Journalist of the Year

  3. to ban (an MP) from the House of Commons by mentioning him formally by name as being guilty of disorderly conduct

  4. name and shame đồ sộ reveal the identity of a person or organization guilty of illegal or unacceptable behaviour in order đồ sộ embarrass them into not repeating the offence

  5. name names đồ sộ cite people, esp in order đồ sộ blame or accuse them

  6. name the day đồ sộ choose the day for one's wedding

  7. you name it whatever you need, mention, etc

Origin of name


Old English nama, related đồ sộ Latin nomen, Greek noma, Old High German namo, German Namen

Derived forms of name

  • namable or nameable, adjective

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Other Idioms and Phrases with name

In addition đồ sộ the idioms beginning with name

  • name after
  • name is mud, one's
  • name names
  • name of the game, the
  • name the day

also see:

  • call names
  • clear one's name
  • drop names
  • give a bad name
  • go by (the name of)
  • handle đồ sộ one's name
  • in name only
  • in the name of
  • make a name for oneself
  • on a first-name basis
  • take someone's name in vain
  • to one's name
  • worthy of the name
  • you name it

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.