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verb [transitive]     name pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlenaming
past tensenamed
past participlenamed
  1. 1
    to give someone or something a name

    Have you named the baby yet?

    name someone/something something:

    We named our puppy Patch.

    aptly/appropriately named:

    The Palms Hotel is aptly named.

  2. 2
    to know and say what the name of someone or something is

    How many world capitals can you name?

    name someone/something as something:

    They’ve been named as the chief suspects in the investigation.

  3. 3
    to decide on and state something such as a date, time, place, or price

    Name a time, and I’ll be there.

    name your price (=say how much money you want for something):

    I really want it. Just name your price!

  4. 4
    to choose someone for a particular job, position, or prize
    name someone something:

    He was named player of the year at the awards ceremony.

    name someone to something:

    She was named to the post last Wednesday.

    name someone as something:

    Weston was named as captain of the England Under-19 team.

    name someone to do something:

    They’ve asked that a special prosecutor be named to investigate.

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