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nomination (n.)

early 15c., nominacioun, "act of mentioning by name," from Latin nominationem (nominative nominatio) "a naming, designation," noun of action from past-participle stem of nominare "to name, call by name, give a name to," from nomen "name" (see name (n.)). Meaning "fact of being proposed as a candidate" is attested from late 15c.

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Definitions of nomination

nomination (n.)
the act of officially naming a candidate;
the Republican nomination for Governor
nomination (n.)
the condition of having been proposed as a suitable candidate for appointment or election;
there was keen competition for the nomination
his nomination was hotly protested
nomination (n.)
an address (usually at a political convention) proposing the name of a candidate to run for election;
the nomination was brief and to the point
Synonyms: nominating speech / nominating address
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