identification

noun
iden·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ī-ˌden-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce identification (audio) , ə- \

Definition of identification

1a : an act of identifying : the state of being identified
b : evidence of identity
2a : psychological orientation of the self in regard to something (such as a person or group) with a resulting feeling of close emotional association
b : a largely unconscious process whereby an individual models thoughts, feelings, and actions after those attributed to an object that has been incorporated as a mental image

Examples of identification in a Sentence

A member of the family was brought in for identification of the body. The birds are tagged for easy identification. The police have made a positive identification of the suspect. You need two forms of identification. the movie audience's identification with the good guys
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Recent Examples on the Web Investigators found Rivera’s purse and identification on the boat, along with another life jacket, but no other clues, according to CNN. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Body found at lake during search for ‘Glee’ actress Naya Rivera," 13 July 2020 The boy was wearing a life vest, and another life jacket was found in the boat along with Rivera’s purse and identification. Houston Chronicle, "Body found in search of lake for ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera," 13 July 2020 The boat was found on the north end of the lake, with the child on board along with Rivera’s life jacket, purse, and identification. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Everything We Know So Far About Naya Rivera’s Disappearance," 10 July 2020 Officers must also change their gloves or sanitize them after patting down passengers, handling identification documents or checking in luggage. Ian Duncan, Washington Post, "TSA head orders new virus safety measures after meeting whistleblower," 8 July 2020 Be sure your pet has a well-fitting collar with current identification tags. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4," 3 July 2020 Privacy concerns and claims surrounding radio frequency identification (RFID) chips have appeared in the past, which have been previously debunked by USA TODAY. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Victoria's Secret's RFID tags do not track customers," 3 July 2020 The virtual tour will feature nationally renowned gardening expert Melinda Myers, who will serve as a guide to the gardens and will educate viewers along the way with gardening tips, plant identification and more. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Pewaukee Area Arts Council will have its first ever virtual garden tour and fundraiser in July," 30 June 2020 The application asked for, but did not require, student identification numbers and Social Security numbers for both parents and children. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "Amid parent complaints, state extends deadline to apply for students’ food aid," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of identification

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of identification was in 1644

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23 Jul 2020

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“Identification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/identification. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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identification

noun
How to pronounce identification (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of identification

: the act of finding out who someone is or what something is : the act of identifying someone or something
: something that shows who a person is : a document, card, etc., that has your name and other information about you and that often includes your photograph
: a feeling that you share and understand the problems or experiences of another person : the act of identifying with someone

identification

noun
iden·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ī-ˌden-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce identification (audio) \

Kids Definition of identification

1 : an act of finding out the identity of the identification of leaves
2 : something that shows or proves identity

identification

noun
iden·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ī-ˌdent-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən, ə- How to pronounce identification (audio) \

Medical Definition of identification

1 : an act of identifying : the state of being identified
2a : psychological orientation of the self in regard to something (as a person or group) with a resulting feeling of close emotional association
b : a largely unconscious process whereby an individual models thoughts, feelings, and actions after those attributed to an object that has been incorporated as a mental image

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