Definition of namely in English:



  • That is to say; to be specific (used to introduce detailed information or a specific example)

    ‘the menu makes good use of Scottish produce, namely game and seafood’
    • ‘It is proposed that the bridge will follow the line of an existing structure, namely the weir.’
    • ‘If you do that, the body will have no choice but to turn to other sources of energy, namely stored fat.’
    • ‘As such, the book is a reminder of what I already knew, namely that spies are very boring people.’
    • ‘So you're not the biggest geek here, there's someone here just as big a geek as you - namely, me!’
    • ‘They also receive full social benefits, namely national insurance and health coverage.’
    • ‘This holiday mood has caused me to recall one of the great traditions of these days, namely shopping.’
    • ‘Plenty of people are of the same opinion as I am, namely that it's a tedious slog.’
    • ‘I love how certain themes pop up in all of his movies, namely the sanctity of nature.’
    • ‘All met the national criteria, namely that there had been significant numbers of accidents.’
    • ‘Romose analysed the productivity of mosses at a very specific site, namely on rocks.’
    • ‘Most of his resources must be deployed where most of the crime is, namely urban areas.’
    • ‘However, of late they have been used for an altogether different purpose namely as a dumping ground.’
    • ‘Investing overseas also introduces an extra level of risk, namely that of currency risk.’
    • ‘Terrorist acts undermine the very basic of human rights, namely the right to live.’
    • ‘As for me I have hoped to vote for the party I most agree with, namely the Green Party.’
    • ‘I am pleased to learn that we are back to the traditional method of voting this year, namely the ballot box.’
    • ‘I accept that the world is still as it always has been - namely, frightening and unsafe.’
    • ‘I grew up in a home where I was taught from an early age that there is a Supreme Being, namely God.’
    • ‘They do not foresee the triggers for a crash, namely a sharp rise in interest rates or a dive into recession.’
    • ‘It is bored with just doing history and it wants more subjects, namely biology and Latin.’
    that is, that is to say, to be specific, specifically, in other words, viz., to wit, sc.
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