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

    ‘to me there is only one kind of rock, namely, loud rock’
    • ‘Romose analysed the productivity of mosses at a very specific site, namely on rocks.’
    • ‘Investing overseas also introduces an extra level of risk, namely that of currency risk.’
    • ‘I grew up in a home where I was taught from an early age that there is a Supreme Being, namely God.’
    • ‘So you're not the biggest geek here, there's someone here just as big a geek as you - namely, me!’
    • ‘Terrorist acts undermine the very basic of human rights, namely the right to live.’
    • ‘They also receive full social benefits, namely national insurance and health coverage.’
    • ‘All met the national criteria, namely that there had been significant numbers of accidents.’
    • ‘However, of late they have been used for an altogether different purpose namely as a dumping ground.’
    • ‘I accept that the world is still as it always has been - namely, frightening and unsafe.’
    • ‘I am pleased to learn that we are back to the traditional method of voting this year, namely the ballot box.’
    • ‘This holiday mood has caused me to recall one of the great traditions of these days, namely shopping.’
    • ‘They do not foresee the triggers for a crash, namely a sharp rise in interest rates or a dive into recession.’
    • ‘As such, the book is a reminder of what I already knew, namely that spies are very boring people.’
    • ‘Plenty of people are of the same opinion as I am, namely that it's a tedious slog.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is bored with just doing history and it wants more subjects, namely biology and Latin.’
    • ‘As for me I have hoped to vote for the party I most agree with, namely the Green Party.’
    • ‘I love how certain themes pop up in all of his movies, namely the sanctity of nature.’
    • ‘Most of his resources must be deployed where most of the crime is, namely urban areas.’
    that is, that is to say, to be specific, specifically, in other words, viz., to wit, sc.
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/ˈnāmlē/ /ˈneɪmli/