verb iden·ti·fy \ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfī, ə-\
: to know and say who someone is or what something is
: to find out who someone is or what something is
: to show who someone is or what something is
a : to cause to be or become identical
b : to conceive as united (as in spirit, outlook, or principle) <groups that are identified with conservation>
a : to establish the identity of
b : to determine the taxonomic position of (a biological specimen)
: to be or become the same
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Examples of IDENTIFY
- She identified the dog as her lost pet.
- He was able to correctly identify the mushroom.
- The witness positively identified the suspect in the crime.
- The corpse was identified on the basis of dental records.
- They could not identify the source of the quotation.
- They had no difficulty in identifying the problem.
- We began by identifying what we needed for the job.
- We need to identify the causes of unemployment.
First Known Use of IDENTIFY
: to find out or show the identity of <… they ate … a mystery casserole that I could not identify. — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons>
: to feel empathy for <I identified with her problem.>
: to think of as joined or associated with <These groups are identified with conservation.>
: to determine the taxonomic position of (a biological specimen)
: to undergo or experience psychological identification <identify with the hero of a novel>
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