Synonyms of naming


1. naming, speech act

usage: the verbal act of naming; "the part he failed was the naming of state capitals"

2. appointment, assignment, designation, naming, decision, determination, conclusion

usage: the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"


1. name, call, label

usage: 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, denote, refer

usage: 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, appoint, charge

usage: 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, establish, found, plant, constitute, institute

usage: create and charge with a task or function; "nominate a committee"

5. name, specify, set, determine, define, fix, limit

usage: mention and identify by name; "name your accomplices!"

6. mention, advert, bring up, cite, name, refer, think of, have in mind, mean

usage: make reference to; "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"

7. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name

usage: identify as in botany or biology, for example

8. list, name, enumerate, recite, itemize, itemise

usage: give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of; "List the states west of the Mississippi"

9. diagnose, name, analyze, analyse, study, examine, canvass, canvas

usage: determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis


1. appellative, naming(prenominal), denotative (vs. connotative), denotive

usage: 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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