name

Your name is what you are called: Bill or Jennifer or whatever. Parents name their children, and children name their pets.

Most of us have our first given name and our family name or surname. But name is also used more broadly: people who have made a name for themselves are well-known. Someone who calls us names makes fun of us. If you do something wrong that others find out about, you could give yourself a bad name — hurt your reputation. Someone can be named in a lawsuit or named to a committee. Naming is about identity — who you are.

Definitions of name
  1. noun
    a language unit by which a person or thing is known
    “his name really is George Washington”
    “those are two names for the same thing”
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    agnomen
    an additional name or an epithet appended to a name (as in `Ferdinand the Great')
    DBA, Doing Business As, assumed name, fictitious name
    (law) a name under which a corporation conducts business that is not the legal name of the corporation as shown in its articles of incorporation
    eponym
    the name derived from a person (real or imaginary)
    eponym
    the person for whom something is named
    computer file name, computer filename, file name, filename
    (computer science) the name given to a computer file in order to distinguish it from other files; may contain an extension that indicates the type of file
    patronym, patronymic
    a family name derived from name of your father or a paternal ancestor (especially with an affix (such as -son in English or O'- in Irish) added to the name of your father or a paternal ancestor)
    matronymic, metronymic
    a name derived from the name of your mother or a maternal ancestor
    street name
    the name of a street
    street name
    the name of a brokerage firm in which stock is held on behalf of a customer
    street name
    slang for something (especially for an illegal drug)
    cognomen, family name, last name, surname
    the name used to identify the members of a family (as distinguished from each member's given name)
    middle name
    a name between your first name and your surname
    first name, forename, given name
    the name that precedes the surname
    nickname
    a descriptive name for a place or thing
    alias, assumed name, false name
    a name that has been assumed temporarily
    anonym, nom de guerre, pseudonym
    a fictitious name used when the person performs a particular social role
    misnomer
    an incorrect or unsuitable name
    author's name, writer's name
    the name that appears on the by-line to identify the author of a work
    appellation, appellative, denomination, designation
    identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others
    hypocorism, pet name
    a name of endearment (especially one using a diminutive suffix)
    title
    the name of a work of art or literary composition etc.
    place name, toponym
    the name by which a geographical place is known
    signature
    your name written in your own handwriting
    company name
    the name by which a corporation is identified
    domain name
    strings of letters and numbers (separated by periods) that are used to name organizations and computers and addresses on the internet
    brand, brand name, marque, trade name
    a name given to a product or service
    street name
    an alternative name that a person chooses or is given (especially in inner city neighborhoods)
    maiden name
    a woman's surname before marriage
    Christian name, baptismal name
    the first name given to Christians at birth or christening
    praenomen
    the first name of a citizen of ancient Rome
    byname, cognomen, moniker, nickname, sobriquet, soubriquet
    a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)
    stage name
    the pseudonym of an actor
    nom de plume, pen name
    an author's pseudonym
    form of address, title, title of respect
    an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'
    title
    an appellation signifying nobility
    masthead
    the title of a newspaper or magazine; usually printed on the front page and on the editorial page
    rubric
    a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special type
    allograph
    a signature written by one person for another
    John Hancock, autograph
    a person's own signature
    countersign, countersignature
    a second confirming signature endorsing a document already signed
    endorsement, indorsement
    a signature that validates something
    sign manual
    the signature of a sovereign on an official document
    label, recording label
    trade name of a company that produces musical recordings
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    language unit, linguistic unit
    one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
  2. noun
    family based on male descent
    “he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name
    synonyms: gens
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    family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept
    people descended from a common ancestor
  3. verb
    assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
    “They named their son David”
    “The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader”
    synonyms: call
    call
    ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality
    address, call
    greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
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    baptise, baptize, christen
    administer baptism to
    refer
    use a name to designate
    style, title
    designate by an identifying term
    dub, nickname
    give a nickname to
    rename
    assign a new name to
    entitle, title
    give a title to
    term
    name formally or designate with a term
    tag
    provide with a name or nickname
    proclaim
    declare formally; declare someone to be something; of titles
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    label
    assign a label to; designate with a label
  4. verb
    give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property
    “Many senators were named in connection with the scandal”
    synonyms: identify
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    enumerate, itemise, itemize, recite
    specify individually
    list, number
    enumerate
    announce
    give the names of
    list
    give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of
    itemise, itemize
    place on a list of items
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    denote, refer
    have as a meaning
  5. verb
    give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of
    synonyms: list
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    enumerate, itemise, itemize, recite
    specify individually
  6. verb
    mention and identify by name
    name your accomplices!”
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    define, determine, fix, limit, set, specify
    decide upon or fix definitely
  7. verb
    make reference to
    synonyms: advert, bring up, cite, mention, refer
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    commend, remember
    mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship
    speak of the devil
    mention someone's name who just then appears
    remember
    mention favorably, as in prayer
    cite, quote
    refer to for illustration or proof
    touch on
    refer to or discuss briefly
    appeal, invoke
    cite as an authority; resort to
    namedrop
    refer to people that one assumes one's interlocutors admire in order to try to impress them
    bring up, raise
    put forward for consideration or discussion
    drag up, dredge up
    mention something unpleasant from the past
    cross-refer
    refer from one entry to another, as in catalogues, books, and lists
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    have in mind, mean, think of
    intend to refer to
  8. verb
    determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
    synonyms: diagnose
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    explore
    examine minutely
    plumb
    examine thoroughly and in great depth
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    analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, delve, examine, parse, study
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  9. verb
    identify as in botany or biology, for example
  10. noun
    a person's reputation
    “he wanted to protect his good name
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    reputation, repute
    the state of being held in high esteem and honor
  11. noun
    a well-known or notable person
    “they studied all the great names in the history of France”
    synonyms: figure, public figure
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    important person, influential person, personage
    a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
  12. noun
    by the sanction or authority of
    “halt in the name of the law”
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    sanction
    the act of final authorization
  13. verb
    charge with a function; charge to be
    “She was named Head of the Committee”
    synonyms: make, nominate
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    rename
    name again or anew
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    appoint, charge
    assign a duty, responsibility, or obligation to
  14. verb
    create and charge with a task or function
    synonyms: appoint, constitute, nominate
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    pack
    set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome
    co-opt
    appoint summarily or commandeer
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    constitute, establish, found, institute, plant
    set up or lay the groundwork for
  15. noun
    a defamatory or abusive word or phrase
    synonyms: epithet
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    smear word
    an epithet that can be used to smear someone's reputation
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    calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, obloquy, traducement
    a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
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