in the name of

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in the name of

1. By the authority of, as in Open up, in the name of the law! [Late 1300s]
2. On behalf of, as in She made a donation in her daughter's name. [Late 1300s]
3. in God's or heaven's name ; in the name of God or heaven . With appeal to, as in In the name of God, stop that noise! or What in heaven's name are you doing? [c. a.d. 900]
4. Under the designation of, as in They burned witches at the stake in the name of piety. [Late 1300s]
5. Under the possession or ownership of, as in The certificate of ownership was rightfully in my name. [Mid-1900s]
6. in one's own name. On one's own behalf, as in Mary signed the check for John in her own name. [Late 1800s]
See also: name, of

in the name of

1. By the authority of: Open up in the name of the law!
2. For the reason of; using as a reason: grisly experiments performed in the name of science.
See also: name, of