Definition of nominate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnäməˌnāt/
[with object]
1Propose or formally enter as a candidate for election or for an honor or award: the film was nominated for several Oscars
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  • An eight-year-old boy with a heart defect and sight problems is starring in a new film which has been nominated for a BAFTA award.
  • Her film has apparently won two awards and was just nominated for a third in Sydney, Australia.
  • Mother Trisha Harwood has been nominated for a top award for helping her local school grow and branch out in the community.
propose, recommend, suggest, name, put forward, present, submit
1.1Appoint to a job or position: the company nominated her as a delegate to the convention
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  • Under the terms of the trust's loan agreement with the club, Bees United are now in a position to nominate a further director for appointment to the board of Brentford FC Limited.
  • Lin was nominated to the position last month after former president Benny Hu was ousted by the bank's board.
  • Cathryn stood out as someone with a real future in coaching, and we had no hesitation nominating her for the position.
2Specify (something) formally, typically the date or place for an event: a day was nominated for the exchange of contracts
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  • Thereafter they can nominate their own day, date and time.
  • He does not there identify whether the date of dismissal was the date nominated by the company.
  • As at the date of their failure to nominate loading places and silos, Sellers were in default of fulfilment of the contract and it was at that date that they failed to carry out the contract.


Pronunciation: /ˈnämənət/
Zoology & Botany
Denoting a race or subspecies that is given the same epithet as the species to which it belongs, for example, Homo sapiens sapiens.
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  • Most birds are of the nominate race fabalis.
  • An important strategy for avoiding competition may have been a differentiation of foraging niches between sexes, as was shown for the nominate race by Hogstad.
  • The second group consists of the nominate subspecies, spadiceus, which has a widespread distribution from Venezuela through Amazonia.



Pronunciation: /ˈnäməˌnādər/
Example sentences
  • Following a series of prestigious events, Saturday night's gala ball, attended by 350 people representing the nominators, sponsors, parents and friends of the contestants, proved yet again to be the undoubted highlight.
  • The fewer filters between the nominators and the artists, the more interesting the nominations will become.
  • Nominations for the fellows are done anonymously by several hundred nominators appointed annually, which means that the winners are usually unaware that they are in the running.


Late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense 'named'): from Latin nominat- 'named', from the verb nominare, from nomen, nomin- 'a name'. The verb senses are first found in English in the 16th century.

  • name from Old English:

    The Latin word nomen is the source of name and of related words in English, such as denominate (mid 16th century), misnomer (Late Middle English), nominate (Late Middle English), and noun (Late Middle English). What's in a name? alludes to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Juliet is saying the fact that Romeo belongs to the rival Montague family is irrelevant: ‘What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.’ No names, no pack drill means that punishment for a misdeed cannot be meted out if everyone involved keeps silent about what has happened. Pack drill is a form of military punishment in which an offender has to perform parade-ground exercises carrying a heavy pack. It dates back to the First World War and soon spread from army circles, especially as a joking aside advising someone to be careful how much they say about a particular person or matter.

Words that rhyme with nominate

abominate, dominate

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Syllabification: nom·i·nate

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