WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
nom•i•nate /ˈnɑməˌneɪt/USA pronunciation   v.,  -nat•ed, -nat•ing. 
  1. [+ object (+ for + object)] to propose (someone) for appointment or election to an office or duty:The party nominated her for vice-president.[+ object (+ as) + object]She nominated him (as) her representative to the peace talks.
  2. to propose for an honor:[+ object (+ for + object)]They nominated her for the award.
nom•i•na•tor, n. [countable]See -nom-2.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
nom•i•nate  (v. nomə nāt′;adj. nomə nit),USA pronunciation v.,  -nat•ed, -nat•ing, adj.  
v.t. 
  1. to propose (someone) for appointment or election to an office.
  2. to appoint to a duty or office.
  3. to propose for an honor, award, or the like.
  4. Sport[Horse Racing.]to register (a horse) as an entry in a race.
  5. to name;
    designate.
  6. [Obs.]to specify.

adj. 
  1. having a particular name.
nomi•na′tor, n. 
  • Latin nōminātus (past participle of nōmināre to name, call by name), equivalent. to nōmin- (stem of nōmen; see nomen) + -ātus -ate1
  • 1475–85
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pick, choose.

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