Simple Definition of identify
: 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
Full Definition of identify
1 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>
2 a : to establish the identity of b : to determine the taxonomic position of (a biological specimen)
1 : to be or become the same
2 : to practice psychological identification <identify with the hero of a novel>
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
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Definition of identify
1 : to find out or show the identity of <… they ate … a mystery casserole that I could not identify. — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons>
2 : to feel empathy for <I identified with her problem.>
3 : to think of as joined or associated with <These groups are identified with conservation.>
Medical Definition of identify
: 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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