name-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: assign or give a personal name to someone, something

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] NAME NP2[recipient] NP3[attribute]
NOTE: implies a permanent attribute is being assigned.
NOTE: an agent assigns an attribute (the name) to the recipient
NOTE: implies the entity did not have this name prior to the assignment
NOTE: implies a change of (social) state for the recipient (it now has a name it did not have before)

We named our dog Fido.
They named their son David.
The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader.
Berkeley named several plant species in their honour.

VerbNet: appoint-29.1,dub-29.3
FrameNet: Name_conferral
PropBank: name.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: identify or pick out someone or something

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[actor] NAME NP2[target] (PP[goal])
NOTE: implies the name was already associated with the entity (unlike Sense 1)

Many senators were named in connection with the scandal.
Name your accomplices!
I can name every state west of Mississippi.
Name your price.
The pair has named a date for their big day.
Mary has named three possible times for our meeting next week.
Name the place of our duel.
In most instances the supplier will have named a price that they consider negotiable.
Try to deflect questions about salary until the employer names a figure.
John's doctors have been unable to name the underlying cause of his inflammation.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Adducing
PropBank: name.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Sense Number 3: appoint to a particular office or honor, assign to a role

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] NAME NP2[patient] NP3[attribute]
NOTE: does not imply the role is a permanent attribute (unlike Sense 1)
NOTE:assigns a role to a person, not an appellation (unlike Sense 1)

She was named Head of the Committee.
They haven't yet named her successor.
He has named a committee to seek his successor.

VerbNet: dub-29.3
FrameNet: Change_of_leadership
PropBank: name.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 4