Meaning of “namely” in the English Dictionary

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"namely" in British English

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namelyadverb

uk /ˈneɪm.li/ us /ˈneɪm.li/

C1 used when you want to give more detail or be more exact about something you have just said:

We need to get more teachers into the classrooms where they're most needed, namely in high poverty areas.
I learned an important lesson when I lost my job, namely that nothing is a hundred percent guaranteed.

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  • I want you to know one thing, namely that if you run up debts, we will not pay them for you.
  • He was active in poorer parts of the church, namely in inner London and Manchester.

(Definition of “namely” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"namely" in American English

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namelyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈneɪm·li/

to be specific:

He suggested that these so-called contributions are something else, namely taxes.

(Definition of “namely” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)