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     n 1: a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his
          name really is George Washington"; "those are two names
          for the same thing"
     2: by the sanction or authority of; "halt in the name of the
     3: a person's reputation; "he wanted to protect his good name"
     4: a well-known or notable person; "they studied all the great
        names in the history of France"; "she is an important
        figure in modern music" [syn: figure, public figure]
     5: family based on male descent; "he had no sons and there was
        no one to carry on his name" [syn: gens]
     6: a defamatory or abusive word or phrase; "sticks and stones
        may break my bones but names can never hurt me" [syn: epithet]
     v 1: assign a specified, proper name to; "They named their son
          David"; "The new school was named after the famous Civil
          Rights leader" [syn: call]
     2: 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" [syn: identify]
     3: charge with a function; charge to be; "She was named Head of
        the Committee"; "She was made president of the club" [syn:
         nominate, make]
     4: charge with a task or function; "appoint someone president";
        "nominate a committee" [syn: appoint, nominate, constitute]
     5: mention and identify by name; "name your accomplices!"
     6: as in in botany or biology, for example [syn: identify, discover,
         key, key out, distinguish, describe]
     7: make reference to: "His name was mentioned in connection
        with the invention" [syn: mention, advert, bring up,
         cite, refer]
     8: give or make a list of; name individually; give the names
        of; "List the states west of the Mississippi" [syn: list]
     9: determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an
        illness through a diagnostic analysis [syn: diagnose]