name

[[t]ne͟ɪm[/t]]
names, naming, named
1) N-COUNT: usu with poss The name of a person, place, or thing is the word or group of words that is used to identify them.

`What's his name?' - `Peter.'...

I don't even know if Sullivan's his real name...

They changed the name of the street.

2) VERB When you name someone or something, you give them a name, usually at the beginning of their life.

[V n n] My mother insisted on naming me Horace.

[V-ed] ...a man named John T. Benson...

He won his first Derby on the aptly named `Never Say Die'.

3) VERB If you name someone or something after another person or thing, you give them the same name as that person or thing.

[V n after n] Why have you not named any of your sons after yourself? [Also V n for n]

4) VERB If you name someone, you identify them by stating their name.

[V n] It's nearly thirty years since a journalist was jailed for refusing to name a source...

[V n as n] One of the victims of the weekend's snowstorm has been named as twenty-year-old John Barr.

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5) VERB If you name something such as a price, time, or place, you say what you want it to be.

[V n] Call Marty, tell him to name his price.

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6) VERB If you name the person for a particular job, you say who you want to have the job.

[V n] The England manager will be naming a new captain, to replace the injured Bryan Robson...

[be V-ed as n] When the chairman of Campbell's retired, McGovern was named as his successor...

[be V-ed n] Early in 1941 he was named commander of the Afrika Korps. [Also V n as n, V n n]

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7) N-COUNT: usu sing You can refer to the reputation of a person or thing as their name.

He had a name for good judgement...

She's never had any drug problems or done anything to give jazz a bad name.

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8) N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft adj N You can refer to someone as, for example, a famous name or a great name when they are well-known. [JOURNALISM]

...some of the most famous names in modelling and show business.

...top names such as Jimmy Connors, Tim Mayotte, and Yannick Noah.

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9) See also , big name, , Christian name, , first name, , maiden name, , pet name
10) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v If something is in someone's name, it officially belongs to them or is reserved for them.

The house is in my husband's name...

A double room had been reserved for him in the name of Muller.

11) PHRASE: PHR n, usu PHR after v If someone does something in the name of a group of people, they do it as the representative of that group.

In the United States the majority governs in the name of the people...

She accepted the gift in the name of the Save the Children Fund.

Syn:
on behalf of
12) PHRASE: PHR n/-ing, usu PHR after v If you do something in the name of an ideal or an abstract thing, you do it in order to preserve or promote that thing.

...one of those rare occasions in history when a political leader risked his own power in the name of the greater public good...

There had been times when she had felt sickened by the things people did in the name of business.

13) PHRASE: PHR n, PHR with cl (emphasis) People sometimes use expressions such as `in the name of heaven' or `in the name of humanity' to add emphasis to a question or request.

What in the name of heaven's going on?...

In the name of humanity I ask the government to reappraise this important issue.

14) PHRASE: usu n/adj PHR, PHR with cl If you say that a situation exists in all but name, you mean that it is not officially recognized but that it actually exists.

...the group, which is now a political party in all but name...

It's the end of the doctrine in all but name.

15) PHRASE: PHR after v When you mention someone or something by name, or address someone by name, you use their name.

He greets customers by name and enquires about their health.

16) PHRASE You can use by name or by the name of when you are saying what someone is called. [FORMAL]

In 1911 he met up with a young Australian by the name of Harry Busteed...

This guy, Jack Smith, does he go by the name of Jackal?

17) PHRASE: V inflects If someone calls you names, they insult you by saying unpleasant things to you or about you.

At my last school they called me names because I was so slow...

They had called her rude names.

18) PHRASE If you say that something is the name of the game, you mean that it is the most important aspect of a situation. [INFORMAL]

Family values are suddenly the name of the game...

The name of the game is survival.

19) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If you lend your name to something such as a cause or project, you support it.

He had political points of view and lent his name to a lot of causes.

20) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR as n If you make a name for yourself or make your name as something, you become well-known for that thing.

She was beginning to make a name for herself as a portrait photographer...

He made his name with several collections of short stories.

21) PHRASE: V inflects If you name names, you identify the people who have done something, often something wrong.

Nobody was prepared to risk prosecution by actually naming names.

22) PHRASE: Vs inflect If something such as a newspaper or an official body names and shames people who have performed badly or who have done something wrong, it identifies those people by name.

The government will also name and shame the worst performing airlines.

23) PHRASE If you say that a situation exists in name only, you mean that it does not have the status or position that it claims to have.

Many of the groups exist in name only...

He is commander-in-chief in name only.

Syn:
nominally
24) PHRASE You say you name it, usually after or before a list, to indicate that you are talking about a very wide range of things.

Pickled cucumbers, jam, pickled berries, tomatoes; you name it, they've got it...

I also enjoy windsurfing, tennis, racquetball, swimming, you name it.

25) a name to conjure withsee conjure

English dictionary. 2008.

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