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1 name /ˈneɪm/ noun
plural names
1 name
/ˈneɪm/
noun
plural names
Learner's definition of NAME
[count]
: a word or phrase that refers to or that can refer to a specific person
see also christian name, family name, first name, forename, given name, last name, maiden name, married name, middle name, nickname, pen name, pet name, stage name, surname
: a word or phrase that refers to a specific place or thing
: a word or phrase that refers to a type or group of things
see also brand name, code name, place name, proper name, trade name
: the general opinion that most people have about someone or something
: a famous person or thing
see also big name, name-dropping, no-name
: a word or phrase that is used to describe and insult someone usually plural
see also name-calling

by name

: using a name : by saying the name of someone or something

drag someone's name through the mud

see 1drag

in all/everything but name

: not in an official way but in every other way

in name only

also in name
used to describe a person or thing that does not have the qualities that its name suggests

in someone's/something's name

or in the name of someone/something
used to say that something officially or legally belongs to a specified person
used to say that something has or uses the name of a specified person
used to say that something is done with the authority of a specified person or thing
used to say that something is given as the official reason for doing something

know (someone) by name

: to know a person well enough to know the person's name
: to know a person's name only

make your name

or make a name for yourself
: to become well-known or famous

put a name to (someone or something)

: to think of and say the name of (someone or something)

take someone's name in vain

see vain

the name of the game

informal
: the basic goal or purpose of an activity

to your name

: belonging to you

under someone's/something's name

or under the name (of) someone/something
used to say that something officially or legally belongs to a specified person
used to say that something has or uses the name of a specified person

with someone's name on it

informal
: intended for someone

your name is mud

see mud
2 name /ˈneɪm/ verb
names; named; naming
2 name
/ˈneɪm/
verb
names; named; naming
Learner's definition of NAME
[+ object]
: to give a name to (someone or something)
: to say the name of (someone or something)
: to choose (someone) to be (something)
: to decide on or choose (something)

name names

: to say the names of people who were involved in something

name your price

: to say how much you want to pay for something or how much you want to sell something for

you name it

informal
: anything you could say or think of
3 name /ˈneɪm/ adjective
3 name
/ˈneɪm/
adjective
Learner's definition of NAME
always used before a noun chiefly US
: having a well-known name and good reputation
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