Definition of nominate in English:

nominate

Syllabification: nom·i·nate

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈnäməˌnāt
 
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[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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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.

adjective

Pronunciation: /-nit
 
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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.

Origin

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.

Derivatives

nominator

Pronunciation: /-ˌnātər/
noun
More 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.

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