a word or phrase by which a person or thing is identified or known:Please state your name and address.
an often insulting description:He called her names.
reputation:These bad loans gave him a bad name.
a reputation of fame or distinction:made a name for herself in politics.
to give a name to; call: [~ + object]to name a baby.[~ + object + object]They named their baby Frederick.
name (someone or something) after/for (someone or something else), to give a name to (someone or something) in memory of or tribute to someone or something else: [~ + object + after + object]They named him after his father.[~ + object + object + after + object]They named him Frederick after his father.
[~ + object]
to accuse by name:She named the thief.
to identify by name:Name all the state capitals.
to designate or nominate for duty or office:[~ + object + (as + ) object]They named him (as) campaign manager.
to specify; say what something should be:[~ + object]Name your price.
adj.[before a noun]
famous; well-known:a (big) name author.
designed for or bearing a name:name tags.
by name, using the name of someone directly:I mentioned you by name.
by (the) name (of), having the name of:an interesting fellow by the name of David Jones.
in name only, having a title or position but not the power or status to go with it:a king in name only, powerless to rule.
Idiomsin the name of:
Idiomswith appeal to or by authority of:Open, in the name of the law.
Idiomsname names, to specify or accuse people by name:The informant began naming names to the police.
Idiomsto one's name, within one's resources:not a penny to his name.
name(nām),USA pronunciationn., v.,named, nam•ing,adj. n.
a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known.
mere designation, as distinguished from fact:He was a king in name only.
an appellation, title, or epithet, applied descriptively, in honor, abuse, etc.
a reputation of a particular kind given by common opinion:to protect one's good name.
a distinguished, famous, or great reputation; fame:to make a name for oneself.
a widely known or famous person; celebrity:She's a name in show business.
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 me.
a personal or family name as exercising influence or bringing distinction:With that name they can get a loan at any bank in town.
a body of persons grouped under one name, as a family or clan.
the verbal or other symbolic representation of a thing, event, property, relation, or concept.
Religion(cap.) a symbol or vehicle of divinity:to take the Name in vain; the power of the Name.
Idiomspersonally; individually:She was always careful to address every employee by name.
Idiomsnot personally; by repute:I know him by name only.
Idiomscall names, to scold or speak abusively of or to a person:Better not to call names unless one is larger and considerably stronger than one's adversary.
Idiomsin the name of:
Idiomswith appeal to:In the name of mercy, stop that screaming!
Idiomsby the authority of:Open, in the name of the law!
Idiomson behalf of:to purchase something in the name of another.
Idiomsunder the name or possession of:money deposited in the name of a son.
Idiomsunder the designation or excuse of:murder in the name of justice.
Idiomsto one's name, in one's possession:I haven't a penny to my name.
to give a name to:to name a baby.
to accuse:He was named as the thief.
to call by an epithet:They named her speedy.
to identify, specify, or mention by name:Three persons were named in the report.
to designate for some duty or office; nominate or appoint:I have named you for the position.
to specify; suggest:Name a price.
to give the name of:Can you name the capital of Ohio?
to speak of.
Government, British Terms[Brit.](in the House of Commons) to cite (a member) for contempt.
Idiomsname names, to specify people by name, esp. those who have been accomplices in a misdeed:The witness in the bribery investigation threatened to name names.
famous; widely known:a name author.
designed for or carrying a name.
giving its name or title to a collection or anthology containing it:the name piece.
bef. 900; Middle English; Old English nama; cognate with German Name, Gothic namô; akin to Old Norse nafn, Latin nōmen, Greek ónoma, Old Irish ainm, Polish imię, Czech jméno
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedName,title both refer to 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.
4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged repute, character, credit.
5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged note, distinction, renown, eminence.
6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged personality.
18.See corresponding entry in Unabridged nickname, dub, denominate.