July 31, 2016
nominate (verb)
\NAH-muh-nayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to choose as a candidate for election, appointment, or honor; especially : to propose for office
How do you use it?
Dylan's mom was nominated for the Hero In Your Town award for getting the city to build a bike path between two neighborhood parks.
Are you a word wiz?

"Nominate" is part of a word family that derives from the Latin root meaning "name." There are several other words also from this root. Which of the following do you think is NOT part of this word family?

The outsider here is "nomad," which traces back to Greek "nemein" meaning "to distribute." All the other words, including "nominate," trace to the Latin root "nomin-" or "nomen" meaning "name," and they all have something to do with naming. A basic explanation for "noun" is that it's a word that names a person, place, or thing. Then there's "renown," which means someone who is widely known or honored -- or put another way, someone who has made a name for himself or herself. As for "nominal," it means, among other things, "being such in name or form only," as in "He was the nominal head of the party but had no real power."
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