What is the meaning of name?


  • A language unit by which a person or thing is known.
    • usage: "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
  • A person's reputation.
    • usage: "he wanted to protect his good name"
  • Family based on male descent.
    • usage: "he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name"
  • A well-known or notable person.
    • usage: "they studied all the great names in the history of France"; "she is an important figure in modern music"
  • By the sanction or authority of.
    • usage: "halt in the name of the law"
  • A defamatory or abusive word or phrase.


  • Assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to.
    • usage: "They named their son David"; "The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"
  • Give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property.
    • usage: "Many senators were named in connection with the scandal"; "The almanac identifies the auspicious months"
  • Charge with a function; charge to be.
    • usage: "She was named Head of the Committee"; "She was made president of the club"
  • Create and charge with a task or function.
    • usage: "nominate a committee"
  • Mention and identify by name.
    • usage: "name your accomplices"
  • Make reference to.
    • usage: "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
  • Identify as in botany or biology, for example.
  • Give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of.
    • usage: "List the states west of the Mississippi"
  • Determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis.
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APAWordNet. (2010). name. Retrieved April 20, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/name/definitions/1193573
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "name" http://smartdefine.org/name/definitions/1193573 (accessed April 20, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, name, Smart Define, viewed 20 April, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/name/definitions/1193573>.
MLAWordNet. "name" 23 October 2010. Web. 20 April 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/name/definitions/1193573>
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