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nominate (v.)

1540s, "to call or mention by name" (common in 17c., but now rare or obsolete), a back-formation from nomination or else from Latin nominatus, past participle of nominare "to name, call by name, give a name to," also "name for office," from nomen "name" (from PIE root *no-men- "name"). Later "to appoint or designate by name to some office or duty" (1560s); "to propose or formally enter (someone's name) as a candidate for election" (c. 1600). It also occasionally was used from c. 1600 with a sense "give a name to." Related: Nominated; nominating.

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Definitions of nominate from WordNet

nominate (v.)
propose as a candidate for some honor;
Synonyms: put up / put forward
nominate (v.)
put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position;
The President nominated her as head of the Civil Rights Commission
Synonyms: propose
nominate (v.)
charge with a function; charge to be;
Synonyms: name / make
nominate (v.)
create and charge with a task or function;
nominate a committee
Synonyms: appoint / name / constitute
From wordnet.princeton.edu