"naming" in the noun sense
the verbal act of naming
"the part he failed was the naming of state capitals"
2. appointment, assignment, designation, naming
the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
"the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"
"naming" in the verb sense
1. name, call, know as, be known as
assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
"They named their son David"
"The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"
2. name, identify
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"
"The almanac identifies the auspicious months"
3. name, nominate, make
charge with a function charge to be
"She was named Head of the Committee"
"She was made president of the club"
4. appoint, name, nominate, constitute
create and charge with a task or function
"nominate a committee"
mention and identify by name
"name your accomplices!"
6. mention, advert, bring up, cite, name, refer
make reference to
"His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
7. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name
identify as in botany or biology, for example
8. list, name
give or make a list of name individually give the names of
"List the states west of the Mississippi"
9. diagnose, name
determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
"naming" in the adjective sense
1. appellative, naming
inclined to or serving for the giving of names
"the appellative faculty of children"
"the appellative function of some primitive rites"
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