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.
- "... the only British commander who, in the general estimation, could benamed as his rival in military fame; … — "The Annual Register" (edited by Edmund Burke), 1815
- Unfortunately, the planet has been quite too much benamed, — benamed, indeed, out of all recognition. — Percival Lowell, "Mars", 1896
- As though the benamed things carried the longings of humans; — Mervyn Sprung, "After Truth: Explorations in Life Sense", SUNY Press, p71 1994
- In other words, … that 'names' do not 'form' benamed objects but are mere signifiers … — Roy Ascott, "Engineering Nature: Art & Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era", Intellect Books, 2006
- (transitive) To name; call; style; describe as.