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Is there a word that is the inverse of "define"? Like taking a definition and giving the word?

For example. If you said "The action of propelling one self from a surface using leg muscles", and I said "Jump", I would have done this.

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You would have identified the word "jump". But that's always supposing there is a word meeting the definition - a single correct one, at that, otherwise you could only suggest a possible answer. If I'd said "The action of propelling one self from a surface using arm muscles" you couldn't identify the word. You might guess "brachiate", but who's to say whether I would accept that as "the correct answer"? I'm not sure this is a constructive question. –  FumbleFingers Aug 25 '12 at 0:34
    
@FumbleFingers Your comments sounds like a fine answer. –  Mark Beadles Aug 25 '12 at 0:41
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@Mark Beadles: I refrained from voting to close on the off-chance there's a word more specifically fitting OP's concept. I don't really approve of these "please identify the word matching my description" questions anyway. It's just turning ELU into a human-powered reverse dictionary –  FumbleFingers Aug 25 '12 at 0:57
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Couldn't it just be as simple as the word name? You have named the thing being described.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/name

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+1 Name would be my answer of choice. –  Kris Aug 25 '12 at 8:42
    
+1 This is it exactly. –  MετάEd Aug 27 '12 at 13:50
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To mention a word that agrees with a definition is (in my opinion) to particularize, specialize, manifest, embody, or incarnate (sense 4) that definition.

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Breviloquentify? Cf. breviloquence.

eta: after MetaEd's feedback. Breviloquence is a rather obscure term for speaking in a brief and pertinent mode. I suggest breviloquentify as a possible verb form (to make breviloquent) but would advise against it unless you explain the word as you use it. In normal Englsih I would just use the phrase "the word for..."

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given that neither word is easily understood, could you perhaps add a definition? –  Matt Эллен Aug 25 '12 at 10:42
    
"A brief and pertinent mode of speaking." to summarize a few online dictionaries. From Latin with roots brevis +‎ loquentia i.e brief and speaking. –  Wudang Aug 25 '12 at 11:35
    
-1 OP wants the word for it, not the word for his prose after using the result of doing it. –  MετάEd Aug 25 '12 at 15:28
    
@ΜετάEd - perhaps you'd like to take a wild guess at what the "-ify" suffix does to a noun? –  Wudang Aug 25 '12 at 16:11
    
Apologies. Ed is right that this is not a helpful answer in terms of this sites goals. –  Wudang Aug 26 '12 at 13:18
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