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in the name of (someone or something)

1. Based on the authority of someone or something. We proclaim these things in the name of God. In the name of King John, I command you to halt.
2. With someone or something as a basis, reason, or motivation. They're releasing the documents in the name of transparency, but I don't think anyone is really interested in them. How many people have been killed in the name of religion?
See also: name, of

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 ˈsb/ˈsth


in somebody’s/something’s ˈname

1 using the authority of somebody/something; as a representative of somebody/something: I arrest you in the name of the law.
2 used to give a reason or an excuse for doing something, often when what you are doing is wrong: new laws introduced in the name of national security
3 for somebody; showing that something officially belongs to somebody: The reservation was made in the name of Brown.The car is registered in my name.
See also: name, of, Sb, sth

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