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tr.v. nom·i·nat·ed, nom·i·nat·ing, nom·i·nates
1. To propose as a candidate in an election or as one to be considered for an honor or prize: nominated him as their candidate for mayor; was nominated twice for an Academy Award.
2. To designate or appoint to an office or responsibility: "A quiet recruit who always does exactly what he is told ... is nominated to take the rap" (Thomas E. Ricks). See Synonyms at appoint.
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