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name

noun [C]  /neɪm/ us  
a word or words that a person or thing is known by: Hello, my name is Beth. Do you remember the name of that town we visited in Maine? I’m looking for someone by the name of (= who has the name) Stephen Weinberg. A name is also a reputation, esp. a good one: She had made a name for herself as an architect by the time she was thirty. A name is also a famous person or thing: He’s a big name in the field of fashion. They wanted a name band for the wedding.

name

verb [T]  /neɪm/ us  
to give a name to someone or something: They decided to name their first child Benjamin. To name is also to choose or to state publicly: The president has yet to name a new ambassador to Russia.
Translations of “name”
in Korean 이름…
in Arabic اِسْم…
in French nom, réputation…
in Turkish ad, isim…
in Italian nome, titolo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 名字,名稱, 名譽,名聲, 名人…
in Russian имя, название…
in Polish imię, nazwisko, nazwa…
in Spanish nombre, fama, reputación…
in Portuguese nome, título…
in German der Name, der Ruf…
in Catalan nom…
in Japanese 名前…
in Chinese (Simplified) 名字,名称, 名誉,名声, 名人…
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