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English noun: name

1. name (communication) a language unit by which a person or thing is known

SamplesHis name really is George Washington.
Those are two names for the same thing.

Broader (hypernym)language unit, linguistic unit

Narrower (hyponym)agnomen, alias, anonym, appellation, appellative, assumed name, assumed name, author's name, brand, brand name, cognomen, company name, computer file name, computer filename, DBA, denomination, designation, Doing Business As, domain name, eponym, eponym, false name, family name, fictitious name, file name, filename, first name, forename, given name, hypocorism, last name, marque, matronymic, metronymic, middle name, misnomer, nickname, nom de guerre, patronym, patronymic, pet name, place name, pseudonym, signature, street name, street name, street name, surname, title, toponym, trade name, writer's name

2. name (state) a person's reputation

SamplesHe wanted to protect his good name.

Broader (hypernym)reputation, repute

3. name (group) family based on male descent

SamplesHe had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name.


Broader (hypernym)family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept

4. name (person) a well-known or notable person

SamplesThey studied all the great names in the history of France.
She is an important figure in modern music.

Synonymsfigure, public figure

Broader (hypernym)important person, influential person, personage

5. name (act) by the sanction or authority of

SamplesHalt in the name of the law.

Broader (hypernym)sanction

6. name (communication) a defamatory or abusive word or phrase


Broader (hypernym)calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, obloquy, traducement

Narrower (hyponym)smear word

English verb: name

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

SamplesThey named their son David.
The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader.

ExamplesThey name him "Bobby"


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)label

Narrower (hyponym)baptise, baptize, christen, dub, entitle, nickname, refer, rename, style, tag, term, title, title

Verb groupaddress, call, call

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

SamplesMany senators were named in connection with the scandal.
The almanac identifies the auspicious months.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)denote, refer

Narrower (hyponym)announce, enumerate, itemise, itemize, list, number, recite

3. name (social) charge with a function; charge to be

SamplesShe was named Head of the Committee.
She was made president of the club.

ExamplesThey name her vice president

Synonymsmake, nominate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)appoint, charge

Narrower (hyponym)rename

4. name (social) create and charge with a task or function

SamplesNominate a committee.

Synonymsappoint, constitute, nominate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)constitute, establish, found, institute, plant

Narrower (hyponym)co-opt, pack

5. name (communication) mention and identify by name

SamplesName your accomplices!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)define, determine, fix, limit, set, specify

6. name (communication) make reference to

SamplesHis name was mentioned in connection with the invention.

Synonymsadvert, bring up, cite, mention, refer

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)have in mind, mean, think of

Narrower (hyponym)appeal, bring up, cite, commend, cross-refer, drag up, dredge up, invoke, namedrop, quote, raise, remember, remember, speak of the devil, touch on

7. name (cognition) identify as in botany or biology, for example

Synonymsdescribe, discover, distinguish, identify, key, key out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Entailassort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out

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

SamplesList the states west of the Mississippi.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)enumerate, itemise, itemize, recite

9. name (cognition) determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study

Narrower (hyponym)explore

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