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Nem, v. Also: neme. P.t. and p.p. nem(m)it, -yt, etc., nemmed, -yd, nammit, -yt. [ME. nemme(n, nemyn, nem, p.t. nemde, p.p. (c 1200) inemd, OE. nemde, p.t. of nemnan Nemmin v.: cf. also Name v.1]

1. tr. To supply a name to, call by some name. = Name v.1 1. 1513 Doug. iii. i. 38.
The towne I nemmyt [R. nemyt] efter myne estait
P.p. 1494 Loutfut MS. 13 a.
And quhen thai ar brokin in twa … thai ar nemmyt sparkis
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 157/19.
The see Elesponte … becaus of diuers placis that it rynnis by is diuersly nemyt
1513 Doug. iii. vi. 86.
Othir wys nemmyt Locry
Ib. v. x. 43.
The secund, Atys, … Fra quham the Latyn lynnage to this day Actii bene nemmyt
Ib. iii. iv. 1. a1568 Lynd. Bann. MS. 179 a/115.
Wait ȝe not weill how I am nemmit
1568 Bamff Chart. 103.
Ane uther new cairne … to be nemmit Menzies carne
1570 Cal. Sc. P. III. 470.
[A gentleman] nemmed [Captain John Clark]

b. To designate, style. = Name v.1 1 b.Also with ellipsis of the complement specifying the style or designation in question. a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 373.
Fore nemand fader thu did it Quhare-of wthyre thu has wyt
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 664.
Schir Bedwar to Schir Bantellas … That baith war nemmyt in neid nobil to neuin
1561 Crim. Trials I. i. 409.
Calland and nemmand him lord of obedience amangis the craftismen
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 463.
Bot ye will all Protestantis still be nemmit [: eschamit]
1564 Prot. Bk. J. Foulis 47 b.
Hir part of quhatsumeuir gudis falling … to hir nemmit the deidis part
ellipt. 1494 Loutfut MS. 43 a.
Suppos that diuers princis nemmys thaim be the grace of God bot that thai do at thair awn pleseir

c. To have the name or reputation of (possessing) some attribute; to be reputed to be (of a certain character or identity): cf. Name n. 5 d. = Name v. 1 c. a1400 Leg. S. xix. 41.
[Christopher] socht fare … til he fand ane [king] That was nammyt of mychtis maste
a1500 Lanc. 648.
But what folk ar thei nemmyt for to bee?

2. To utter the name of, mention by name. a1400 Leg. S. xix. 58.
Thare-in he nemmyt tymmis sere The wykyt fend
1513 Doug. iii. ix. 62.
Hutyt to speke of and aucht not nemmyt [v.r. nemyt] be

b. To specify by name or by the usual designation. 1375 Barb. x. 386.
[He] nemmyt ane husband thar by ner
a1400 Leg. S. xxvii. 153.
[They] ioy mad, Ȝey, mare than ma nemmyt be
14.. Acts I. 110/2.
Fra this tym furth alswele salbe nemmyt in breif … the disseysour as the haldar and his feftour
1490 Irland Mir. I. 78/30.
Amang sa mony naturis and kindis of treis the scripture nemmis twa
Ib. II. 92/22.
Mar than ony vthir sciens … as of writting pleding [etc.] … or ony vthir thou can neme or devis
Id. Asl. MS. 65/18.
All said in confessioun suld be secret and nem neuer ane nother person
1515 Reg. Privy S. I. 407/1.
The Myltoun of Cambus and utheris landis nemmit in the said lettre
1533–4 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 414.
That lettres be writtin … to all maisteris of girthis … requiring thame to nem ane certane person … to be maister of the girth quha sall … deliver the personis … that reparis to the samin girth
1554 Misc. Bann. C. II. 29.
Sen thair is sindrie kirkis and townis nemmit of befoir in the said infeftment
1567 Anderson Collect. Mary I. 123.
That certain lordis and utheris nemmit in the said act suld decyde all materis
1622-6 Bisset II. 215/36.
The … jowallis … quhairof the blak croce of Scotland is speciallie nemmed
Ib. I. 89/24.

c. P.p. (1) in the formula als wele nocht nemmyt (vnnemmyt) as nemmyt, also als wele nemmyt as nocht nemmyt (vnn emmyt), (2) with above (abone etc.) or before (see also Abone adv. 7 and Before-nemmit p.p.)(1) 1389 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 16.
Als wele landys & possessionys nocht nemmyt as nemmyt
1399 Melville Chart. 15.
With al … esementis als wele vnnemmyt as nemmyt
1433 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. I. 246.
All … pertenance … alse weile nemmit as vnnemmit
1475 Reg. Cupar A. I. 203. 1480 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. I. 53. 1490 Misc. Spald. C. II. 259.
Wyth all other … pointis als weile wnnemmyt as nemmyt
1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 295/2. 1518 Prot. Bk. J. Foular II. 21.
Als weill nocht nemmit as nemit
1549 Rec. Earld. Orkney 237. 1552 Reg. Cupar A. II. 107.
Alswele nammit as nocht nammit
1569 Grey Friars II. 119.
Als weill nocht nemmitt as nammit
(2) c 1380 Charter (Reg. H.).
The self peny the qvylke is nemyt before
1482 Edinb. Chart. 146.
Burgesses … of the aboue nemmit toune of Edinburgh
1523 Mar & Kellie MSS. 13.
Except the lordis befoir nemmit
1552 Reg. Cupar A. II. 107.
Our landis effoir nemmit
1554 Reg. Privy S. IV. 413/2.
Aboue nemmitt
1565 Crim. Trials I. i. 459.
In the actioune aboue nemmit

d. To specify as to amount or value; to value at (to) a particular monetary value. (Cf. Liquidat p.p. and v.) 14.. Burgh Laws c. 18 (B).
Saufand til hym and his ferme nemmyt
14.. Acts I. 111/2.
And the scathis … the quhilk ar nemmyt [L. nominabuntur] be the plenȝeand
1478 Decr. Ld. Abernethy MS.
As anent … xj hed of nolt nemmyt to xj pundis and tuelf markes of Dudingstone

e. To nem with, to associate or connect with, to regard as friendly or intimate with. — a1568 Scott xxvi. 40.
Thay [women] wald with nobill men be nemmit [: fremmit], Syne laittandly to lawar leindis

3. With cognate object: To utter or mention (a name). a1400 Leg. S. xxvi. 486.
Quhen thai hard this name nemmyt be
1385 3rd Rep. Hist. MSS. 410/2.
All the forsaydis personaris and all thaire namys nemmyt
14.. Reg. Maj. c. 4.
The name of hym that is somoundyt salbe nemyt
1494 Loutfut MS. 3 b.
The prest suld say, O thow man that I hald be the hand syn nem his nam
1490 Irland Mir. I. 162/13.
His heid nemmyt & jnwokit the haly name of Jhesus
Ib./9. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 118.
Quhen I heir nemmyt his name than mak I nyne crocis
15.. Dunb. App. viii. 22.
Quhen men His glorius name dois nem [: Jerusalem]
c1500 Barounis Lawis ii b.

4. To nominate, designate, appoint (a person) to some office or duty. 1471 Acta Aud. 22/2.
The said partiis … compromittit thaim to bide at the deliuerans of certain jugis arbitrouris nemmyt … be thaim
1472 Bamff Chart. 28. 1487 Acts II. 182/1.
That twa of thir four persons be nemmyt be our souerane lord to be gret justicis to him on the sowth side of Forth
1496 Acta Conc. II. 23.
[He] nemmyt, askit and requirit the sade Jhone to be curat to him
1496–7 Ib. 42.
Marione Farnle … askit and nemmyt that scho micht haf to … hir son … curatouris, that is to say David Balfour [etc.]
1498 Ib. 205.
Til chese and nem incontinent freyndis to the sammyn
Ib. 247.
Or til ony uthir persons that thai will nem
1501 Ib. III. 79.
Til gif him consale he nemyt Andro Lord Gray [etc.]
1513–14 Sc. Ant. XII. 119. 1516 Fife Sheriff Ct. 58. 1532 Acts Sederunt i. 2.
The athis of ony uithir quhem his grace will nem thair to
1547 Corr. M. Lorraine 189. 1554 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 202. Ib. 207. 1555 Ib. 212, 223. 1555 Conv. Burghs I. 7.
Thairefter nemmit thairto sex borrowis … to mak the said alteratioun
1562–3 Reg. Privy C. I. 234. 1572 Canongate Ct. Bk. 373. 1575 Reg. Privy C. II. 454. 1581 Ib. III. 413. 15.. Crawford Mun. Invent. II. 61.
Thair wes nocht ane mater … that gretar laubouris … all thame that wes nemmit for yow

b. To appoint or choose (a place). 1375 Barb. viii. 215.
He sped him fast toward the place That he had nemmyt for to ficht

c. To appoint, order (something) to be called (an assigned name): cf. sense 1. 1568 Bamff Chart. 102.
[The arbiters] hes nemmit the sammyn cairne to be callit … Drummondis cairne

d. To enrol, enlist, muster (an army). c1420 Wynt. iv. 597 (C).
[The ost] of Pers was nemmyt [R. namyd] then Sewyn hundyr thousande feychtande men

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