[syn: appoint, name, nominate, constitute]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nominate \Nom"i*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nominated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Nominating.] [L. nominatus, p. p. of nominare to
nominate, fr. nomen name. See Name.]
1. To mention by name; to name. [Obs.]
To nominate them all, it is impossible. --Shak.
2. To call; to entitle; to denominate. [Obs.] --Spenser.
3. To set down in express terms; to state. [Obs.]
Is it so nominated in the bond? --Shak.
4. To name, or designate by name, for an office or place; to
appoint; esp., to name as a candidate for an election,
choice, or appointment; to propose by name, or offer the
name of, as a candidate for an office or place.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: propose as a candidate for some honor [syn: nominate,
put up, put forward]
2: 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" [syn: nominate, propose]
3: charge with a function; charge to be; "She was named Head of
the Committee"; "She was made president of the club" [syn:
name, nominate, make]
4: create and charge with a task or function; "nominate a
committee" [syn: appoint, name, nominate, constitute]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "nominate":
appoint, assign, back, back up, baptize, call, choose, christen,
define, denominate, designate, dub, elect, endorse, entitle,
finger, forward, identify, intend, label, make, mean, name,
name for office, nickname, offer, ordain, ordinate, present,
proffer, propose, purpose, put forth, put forward, put up,
recommend, run, run for office, select, specify, style, submit,
suggest, support, tab, tag, tap, tender, term, title, vote
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
NOMINATE, v. To designate for the heaviest political assessment. To
put forward a suitable person to incur the mudgobbling and deadcatting
of the opposition.