From Middle English benamnen, benemnen, from Old English benemnan (“to name, stipulate, settle, declare, asseverate”), equivalent to be- + name. Compare Saterland Frisian benaame, German benennen (“to name, designate”), Swedish benämna (“to name, call”), Dutch benoemen (“to appoint, nominate”).
- (obsolete, transitive) To swear on oath; to solemnly declare; promise; give.
- (transitive) To name; give a name (to); mention by name; nominate; denominate; call.
- 1815, Edmund Burke, editor, The Annual Register:
- " […] the only British commander who, in the general estimation, could benamed as his rival in military fame; […] "
- 1896, Lowell, Percival, Mars:
- Unfortunately, the planet has been quite too much benamed, — benamed, indeed, out of all recognition.
- 1994, Sprung, Mervyn, After Truth: Explorations in Life Sense, SUNY Press, page 71:
- As though the benamed things carried the longings of humans;
- 2006, Ascott, Roy, Engineering Nature: Art & Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era, Intellect Books:
- In other words, […] that 'names' do not 'form' benamed objects but are mere signifiers […]
- (transitive) To name; call; style; describe as.
- (to swear on oath): vow
- (to give a name, call): designate, dub, name; see also Thesaurus:denominate
- (to describe as): refer to, term