Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To propose by name as a candidate, especially for election.
  • transitive v. To designate or appoint to an office, responsibility, or honor. See Synonyms at appoint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To name someone as a candidate for a particular role or position, including that of an office.
  • v. To entitle, confer a name upon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To mention by name; to name.
  • transitive v. To call; to entitle; to denominate.
  • transitive v. To set down in express terms; to state.
  • transitive v. To name, or designate by name, for an office or place; to appoint; esp., to name as a candidate for an election, choice, or appointment; to propose by name, or offer the name of, as a candidate for an office or place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To name; mention by name.
  • To call; entitle; denominate.
  • To name or designate by name for an office or place; appoint: as, to nominate an heir or an executor.
  • To name for election, choice, or appointment; propose by name, or offer the name of, as a candidate, especially for an elective office. See nomination.
  • To set down in express terms; express.
  • Nominated; of an executor, appointed by the will.
  • Possessing a nomen juris or legal name or designation; characterized or distinguished by a particular name.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. charge with a function; charge to be
  • v. propose as a candidate for some honor
  • v. create and charge with a task or function
  • v. put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position

Etymologies

Latin nōmināre, nōmināt-, to name, from nōmen, nōmin-, name.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nōminātus, perfect passive participle of nōminō ("I name"), from nōmen ("a name"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As a result the Democrats will once again nominate a candidate who will lose even to an inferior Republican.

    Has This Been the Best Primary Season Ever? - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • It's too bad the Democrats will once again nominate an unelectable candidate, and will once again lose the White House.

    Sources: Clinton, Obama supporters discussing exit strategies

  • By using their weird caucusing (which disenfranchises old people & working people due to the time commitment) and their soviet-style party bosses, they are about to again nominate an unelectable figure.

    Exit Polls: Clinton gains edge among independents

  • Personally I hope most of Hillary supporters vote for Mccain, then Roe v Wade will finally be reversed once Mccain nominate more conservative judges.

    Blitzer: This year, the Supreme Court hangs in the balance

  • I share your concerns; if (R) s again nominate 2 more old WASPs for Pres and VP; especially if the (D) ticket ends up (best odds, me thinks) being Clinton - Obama.

    Sound Politics: Back in the Saddle

  • Spitzer on Wednesday said he would again nominate Judith Kaye as the chief judge of the state Court of Appeals.

    News Item

  • Ireland's Referendum Commission glossed over this significant Lisbon amendment in the information material it sent to Irish voters by using the same word - "nominate" - for the pre-Lisbon and post-Lisbon situations - where a right to propose becomes a right to suggest - as if there was no difference, when this in fact would be an important change.

    Infowars

  • The way to nominate is to simply comment in the comments section of the post at the site click on the red title:

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • As soon as a candidate receives the number of votes necessary to nominate, which is two-thirds of the delegates in a Democratic convention and a majority in a Republican convention, usually some one moves that the nomination be made unanimous, which is adopted with great applause.

    Citizenship A Manual for Voters

  • Peers -- to nominate, that is, additional members of our upper and revising chamber -- now acts: one constant, habitual, though not adequately noticed by the popular mind as it goes on; and the other possible and terrific, scarcely ever really exercised, but always by its reserved magic maintaining a great and a restraining influence.

    The English Constitution

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  • We managed to make it though a US presidential election without anyone listing this or nomination!

    November 25, 2008