identify

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verb iden·ti·fy \ ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfī , ə- \

Definition of identify

identified; identifying
transitive verb
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)
intransitive verb
1 :to be or become the same
2 :to practice psychological identification
  • identify with the hero of a novel

identifiable

play \ī-ˌden-tə-ˈfī-ə-bəl, ə-\ adjective

identifiably

play \ī-ˌden-tə-ˈfī-ə-blē, ə-\ adverb

Examples of identify in a Sentence

  1. She identified the dog as her lost pet.

  2. He was able to correctly identify the mushroom.

  3. The witness positively identified the suspect in the crime.

  4. The corpse was identified on the basis of dental records.

  5. They could not identify the source of the quotation.

  6. They had no difficulty in identifying the problem.

  7. We began by identifying what we needed for the job.

  8. We need to identify the causes of unemployment.

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First Known Use of identify

1626



IDENTIFY Defined for English Language Learners

identify

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Definition of identify for English Language Learners

  • : 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


IDENTIFY Defined for Kids

identify

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verb iden·ti·fy \ ī-ˈden-tə-ˌfī \

Definition of identify for Students

identified; identifying
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 Dictionary

identify

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verb iden·ti·fy \ ī-ˈdent-ə-ˌfī, ə- \

medical Definition of identify

identified; identifying
transitive verb
:to determine the taxonomic position of (a biological specimen)
intransitive verb
:to undergo or experience psychological identification
  • identify with the hero of a novel

Law Dictionary

identify

transitive verb iden·ti·fy

legal Definition of identify

identified; identifying
1 :to consider as united or associated (as in interests or principles)
  • can ask leading questions of a witness who is identified with an adverse party
2 :to establish the identity of
  • identifying the suspect
3 :to specify or designate (goods) as the object of a contract used in the phrase identify to the contract
  • the disputed beans were goods identified to the contract
Note: Under the Uniform Commercial Code, once goods are identified to a contract, the buyer has a special property interest and an insurable interest in the goods. This gives the buyer the right to seek damages and other relief. This identification can be done at any time and in any manner agreed to by the parties or as otherwise specified in the U.C.C.

identifiable

adjective

identification

noun


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