Meaning of NAME in English


— namer , n.

/naym/ , n. , v. , named, naming , adj.


1. 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.

2. mere designation, as distinguished from fact: He was a king in name only.

3. an appellation, title, or epithet, applied descriptively, in honor, abuse, etc.

4. a reputation of a particular kind given by common opinion: to protect one's good name.

5. a distinguished, famous, or great reputation; fame: to make a name for oneself.

6. a widely known or famous person; celebrity: She's a name in show business.

7. 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.

8. a personal or family name as exercising influence or bringing distinction: With that name they can get a loan at any bank in town.

9. a body of persons grouped under one name, as a family or clan.

10. the verbal or other symbolic representation of a thing, event, property, relation, or concept.

11. ( cap. ) a symbol or vehicle of divinity: to take the Name in vain; the power of the Name.

12. by name ,

a. personally; individually: She was always careful to address every employee by name.

b. not personally; by repute: I know him by name only.

13. call 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.

14. in the name of ,

a. with appeal to: In the name of mercy, stop that screaming!

b. by the authority of: Open, in the name of the law!

c. on behalf of: to purchase something in the name of another.

d. under the name or possession of: money deposited in the name of a son.

e. under the designation or excuse of: murder in the name of justice.

15. to one's name , in one's possession: I haven't a penny to my name.


16. to give a name to: to name a baby.

17. to accuse: He was named as the thief.

18. to call by an epithet: They named her speedy.

19. to identify, specify, or mention by name: Three persons were named in the report.

20. to designate for some duty or office; nominate or appoint: I have named you for the position.

21. to specify; suggest: Name a price.

22. to give the name of: Can you name the capital of Ohio?

23. to speak of.

24. Brit. (in the House of Commons) to cite (a member) for contempt.

25. name 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.


26. famous; widely known: a name author.

27. designed for or carrying a name.

28. giving its name or title to a collection or anthology containing it: the name piece.

[ bef. 900; ME; OE nama; c. G Name, Goth namô; akin to ON nafn, L nomen, Gk ónoma, OIr ainm, Pol imie, Czech jméno ]

Syn. 1. NAME, 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. repute, character, credit. 5. note, distinction, renown, eminence. 6. personality. 18. nickname, dub, denominate. 20. choose. 21. mention.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .